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Economic Impact Payment information: what you need to know

On March 27, 2020, Congress passed the CARES act to help individuals that are negatively impacted by the coronavirus epidemic. An important component of individual relief, Economic Impact Payments, will be distributed by the IRS in the coming weeks. The New York State Tax Department recognizes the importance of the Economic Impact Payments for New Yorkers in this time of need. This information is being provided to help answer common questions about how these payments will be distributed. Please help us get the word out—share with family and friends who may be isolated due to COVID-19.

What do I need to do to receive a payment?

You don't need to take any action to automatically receive your payment if you:

  • filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return and are eligible; or
  • received one of these benefits:
    • Social Security retirement benefits and survivor benefits
    • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits and survivor benefits
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits
    • Railroad Retirement and survivor benefits

If you are not required to file a federal 2018 or 2019 income tax return, visit the IRS at Non-filers: Enter Payment Info Here to submit your information using the secure IRS Free File fillable form provided.

Important: To claim the $500 benefit for each qualifying dependent child under 17, those who receive Social Security retirement, survivors, or disability insurance benefits and did not file a tax return for 2018 or 2019, or who receive SSI, must visit the IRS at Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here. Act soon to avoid delays to your dependent child benefit. 

Where can I find information?

The Economic Impact Payment program is managed by the IRS and the United States Treasury. For accurate guidance, including how to provide or update direct deposit information, filing directions for those who have not filed a return, or to check the status of your payment, visit the IRS at Economic Impact Payments.

Can I change the direct deposit information listed on my 2018 or 2019 return?

If you already filed your 2019 return and provided direct deposit information on that return, you cannot change it. The IRS will use that information to send your payment. 

If you have not yet filed your 2019 return and need to change the direct deposit information or mailing address you provided on your 2018 return, file your 2019 taxes electronically as soon as possible.

If you were not required to file a 2018 or 2019 federal return, or did not provide direct deposit information on either return, you may use the IRS Get my payment tool to provide direct deposit information, if they have not already sent your payment.

Where can I find my account and routing number for direct deposit?

You can find your checking account number and your bank’s nine-digit routing number on one of your checks (see image below). If you use an online banking application, you should find the information you need in your mobile banking app. 

If you don’t have a checking account, you can request direct deposit into your savings account, if you have one. Your savings account number is available on your pre-printed deposit slips, your passbook, or other bank records. Your bank can provide your savings account routing number.

Sample check

Classic green bank check with routing number and checking account number highlighted

Should I pay someone to prepare the simple federal tax return?

If you did not file a federal 2018 or 2019 income tax return, visit the IRS at Non-filers: Enter Payment Info Here to submit your information using the secure IRS Free File fillable form provided. You do not need to pay a preparer or other third party to submit your information.

Do I need to file a New York State personal income tax form to receive the Economic Impact Payment?

No. A New York State tax return has no impact on eligibility for the payment.

How can I verify information about Economic Impact Payments or offers of assistance?

Rely on trusted sites and remember, the government will never call to ask for your Social Security number, bank account, or credit card number.

For help identifying scams related to coronavirus or the Economic Impact Payments program, visit:

Additional information

Please see Tax Department response to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) for the latest updates and announcements.

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