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$600 Stimulus Payment from the Government

Authored By: Northwest Justice Project
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The government has sent $600 checks out. Read this if you didn't get yours. #0910EN


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I didn't get this payment. Is it too late?

Maybe not. But you must file a 2020 federal income tax return even if you otherwise do not have to file a tax return for 2020. We explain more below.


I am an immigrant. Should I have gotten this money?

It depends.

If you are married and filing income tax returns jointly (see below), and only one spouse has a Social Security number, you should have gotten a single $600 payment.

Each of your children with Social Security numbers would also be eligible for the $600. 

*"Married filing jointly" means you and your spouse are both filing this income tax return together. Most married couples who are still together do this. "Married filing separately" means you and your spouse are each filing a return. Most couples who are still together do not do this.


I originally was not going to have to file a 2020 tax return. How do I file a return to get this payment?

You can use the online tool to find a free online filing service.


Do I have to pay anything to get this money?

No! The government will not call or email asking for money or your Social Security Number. If you get any threatening phone calls asking you to give up your stimulus payment, you can try to report them at any one of these:


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Last Review and Update: Apr 20, 2021