Economic Stimulus Payments Information Center
Updated April 25, 2008
Starting in late April, the Treasury will begin sending economic stimulus payments to more than 130 million households. To receive a payment, taxpayers must have a valid Social Security number, $3,000 of income and file a 2007 federal tax return. IRS will take care of the rest. Eligible people will receive up to $600 ($1,200 for married couples), and parents will receive an additional $300 for each eligible child younger than 17. Millions of retirees, disabled veterans and low-wage workers who usually are exempt from filing a tax return must do so this year in order to receive a stimulus payment.
Even though April 15 has passed, there is still time for retirees, disabled veterans and others who normally do not file a tax return to submit a 2007 form to receive an economic stimulus payment.
The IRS website has a calculator to determine if you will receive a refund.
You can search for the following topics in the irs.gov Newsroom section
Basic Information on the Stimulus Payments
IRS Will Send Stimulus Payments Automatically Starting in May; Eligible Taxpayers Must File a 2007 Tax Return to Receive Rebate
Facts about the 2008 Stimulus Payments
More Information on Stimulus Payments Posted to IRS.gov; New Details for Recipients of Social Security, Veterans Benefits
Special Economic Stimulus Letters Reach Mailboxes in March
Special Economic Stimulus Payment Packages Go to Social Security, Veterans Recipients
Economic Stimulus Payment Calculator
A new online calculator will give you an estimate of the stimulus payment you may be due. Just answer a few questions and the calculator will do the rest.
Economic Stimulus Payment Schedule
Payments will start May 2. The last two-digits of your Social Security number and whether you opted for direct deposit into your financial account or a paper check will determine when you receive your payment.
Stimulus Payment Scenarios
What does it look like for you?
Married with Qualifying Children
Married without Qualifying Children
Married Filing Separately, with or without Qualifying Children
Single (Head of Household) with Qualifying Children
Single without Qualifying Children
You May Be Eligible Even if You Normally Do Not File a Tax Return
If you have at least $3,000 in certain types of income, you may be eligible for the economic stimulus payment. You also may be able to use a Free File - Economic Stimulus Payment. See the special types of benefits or income that qualify below:
Especially for Social Security Recipients
Information for people who receive retirement, disability or survivors' benefits
Especially for Veterans Affairs Recipients
Information for people who receive pension, disability and survivors' benefits
Especially for Railroad Retirement Recipients
Information for people who receive Tier 1 Railroad Retirement benefits
Especially for Low-Wage Workers
Information for people who receive a wages, salary, tips, etc. or who are self-employed
Especially for Military Combat Personnel
Information for members of the military serving in a combat zone
Frequently Asked Questions
We have the answers to your questions in Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Rebate Scam Alert
Be aware that identity thieves are already pushing scams involving the stimulus payments. At least one telephone scam is making the rounds using the proposed rebates as bait. IRS Warns of New E-Mail and Telephone Scams Using the IRS Name; Advance Payment Scams Starting, has more details.
Free Help Available with Free File
Free File is the fast, easy and free way to file your federal income tax return. If your adjusted gross income was $54,000 or less in 2007, you can use Free File to prepare and e-file your taxes online.
If you normally don't file a tax return but need to file one for 2007 solely to receive your economic stimulus payment, you may now select from the list of companies on the Free File - Economic Stimulus Payment page.
Information For Businesses
IRS To Issue Guidance on Special 50-Percent Depreciation Allowance
2008 Economic Stimulus Act Provides Tax Benefits to Businesses
News Releases, Audio Files, Fact Sheets and Legal Guidance
Check out the complete list of IRS-issued news releases, audio files, fact sheets and legal guidance related to the stimulus payments.