Accounting Aid’s Response to Covid-19: Updates and Assistance

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 Updated January 21, 2021

 Beginning January 7, the Treasury Department and the IRS are sending 8 million second stimulus payments by prepaid debit card. Eligible people who don’t receive a direct deposit should watch their mail carefully. Learn more about the card and how to activate it:

Following Michigan’s shelter-in-place order, all in person tax site operations for Accounting Aid Society are currently paused. In the meantime, we are piloting online methods of tax preparation assistance for previously scheduled clients. As soon as we are confident these services may be offered with appropriate security and client privacy, we intend to scale up in order to serve as many taxpayers as we have the capacity to do so. Information and capacity are constantly evolving in the current environment, so please continue to check back here for ongoing updates, service offerings, resources and information. 

  • February 12, 2021: IRS will begin accepting and processing returns (note: filers can begin filing immediately, and returns will be transmitted to the IRS beginning Feb. 12)
  • April 15, 2021: Deadline to file individual tax returns (Form 1040) for the tax year 2020 or to request an automatic extension (Form 4868) for an extra six months to file your return, and for payment of any tax due.

What are stimulus Payments?

Stimulus payments – also known as ‘Economic Impact Payments,’ ‘stimulus checks,’ or ‘ recovery rebates’ are part of the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act legislation to help reduce financial hardship of COVID-19. The IRS and Treasury department issued 2 rounds of stimulus payments to eligible recipients: 1 $1,200 ($2,400 for married couples) payment in the spring of 2020, and a second round of $600 ($1,200 for married couples) that began going out on Dec. 29, 2020.

What is the Recovery Rebate Credit?

The Recovery Rebate Credit is a benefit for people who didn’t receive a stimulus payment but are eligible, or didn’t get the full amount to which they are owed. Eligible people can claim the Recovery Rebate Credit by filing a 2020 tax federal tax return. 

If you’re not required to file a tax return, you might still qualify for a Recovery Rebate Credit. If you do, you’ll need to file a 2020 federal tax return – even if you have little to no income, are incarcerated or experiencing homelesness.

Will I get a stimulus Payment?

You’ll most likely get the full stimulus Payment if you meet the following requirements:

  1. Your adjusted gross income (AGI) is under $75,000 (for single or married filing separately, or $150,000 (if married filing jointly),

  2. You have a valid Social Security Number

  3. You cannot be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s tax return

  4. You are a U.S citizen, permanent resident or qualifying resident alien.

How do I get my payment?

If you’ve filed a tax return in 2018 or 2019, you don’t need to do anything. The IRS will automatically send your payment using the information you provided on your tax return. The payment will be directly deposited to the bank account listed on your return. If you did not provide direct deposit information, the payment will be mailed to the address on your return. 

If you receive Social Security, including Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Railroad Retirement benefits, Social Security Insurance (SSI), or Veterans Affairs benefits, you will also receive a payment automatically.

I got my stimulus check on a debit card, and lost it or threw it out. What do I do?

You can request a replacement by calling 800-240-8100.our card will arrive in a plain envelope labeled “Money Network Cardholder Services” and will be issued by “Meta Bank, N.A.” The envelope will include instructions to activate the card, information on fees, and a note from the U.S. Treasury.

How do I check the status of my payment?

Check the status of your Economic Impact Payment here.  

Where can I find my Adjusted Gross Income (AGI)?

  • On your 2019 tax return, your AGI can be found on line 8b of Form 1040 or Form 1040-SR.

  • On your 2018 tax return, your AGI can be found on line 7 of the Form 1040.

Does someone who died qualify for an Economic Impact Payment?

No. An Economic Impact Payment made to someone who has passed away before receiving the payment should be returned to the IRS. 

What should I do to return an Economic Impact Payment to the IRS? 

If the payment was a paper check, write “void” in the endorsement section on the back of the check. Mail the voided check, along with a written note stating your reason for returning the check (do not bend, staple or paperclip the check). 

 If the payment was a paper check and you have cashed it OR if the payment was a direct deposit, write a personal check or money order made payable to the U.S. Treasury. Write “2020EIP” and the social security number or individual taxpayer identification number of the recipient of the check on the memo line. Mail the personal check or money order along with a written note stating your reason for returning the payment. 

If you live in Michigan, mail your items to: 

Kansas City Internal Revenue Service

333 W Pershing Rd.

Kansas City, MO 64108

If you live in a different state, you can find the appropriate mailing address under Q54 here.

  • Where’s My Refund? an online tool that will allow you to track the status of your refund. To do so, you’ll need your Social Security Number of Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, filing status, and exact refund amount. Typically, your status will be available 24 hours after e-filing or 4 weeks after you mailed your return.
  • IRS2Go Mobile App the official mobile app of the IRS that allows you to check your refund, make a payment, find free tax preparation assistance and sign up for tax tips and information.
  • The Michigan COVID-19 Pandemic Resource Guide -information on programs aimed at supporting Michigan residents during the coronavirus pandemic, with a special section for programs serving Detroit residents
  • DTE Energy is extending shut-off protections, offering billing assistance and sharing energy savings tips to help during the pandemic. Visit DTE’s website to learn more and reach out directly with your questions and concerns.
  • Scams – If you receive calls, emails, text messages or any form of communication claiming to be from the Treasury Department, IRS or government offering coronavirus grants or payments in exchange for personal financial information or for a fee, do not respond. These are scams. Report scam attempts here.
  • BCBSM Tool Kit – To help communities inform their residents about the coronavirus, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan developed an online tool kit that provides resources and comprehensive information about COVID-19 symptoms, prevention and protection. Some of these resources include food relief, health and wellness, and mental health assistance.