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The IRS is now depositing coronavirus stimulus checks and here’s what you need to know:

You may already have the money in your bank account, or you may not see it for weeks. Here’s how you can track the payment:

The Internal Revenue Service announced over Easter weekend the first Economic Impact Payments, also known as coronavirus stimulus checks, were already being deposited into some taxpayers’ bank accounts.  By Wednesday, April 15, tens of millions of Americans should have received their checks.

Who is getting the money first?

The people getting theirs first are the ones who filed tax returns in 2018 or 2019 and received funds through direct deposit. People who didn’t file taxes, are very low income or are older and don’t need to file will have to wait for their money. Any paper checks should go out starting early May.

Elise Gould, a senior economist with the Economic Policy Institute, said some might not see the money until mid-summer.  “There’s going to have to be a way to collect their information, and that process could take a couple months,” Gould said.

What if the IRS doesn’t have my current bank info for direct deposit?  Or what if my mailing address has changed?

The IRS is creating a web portal where users can check the status of their stimulus payments. It launched the week of April 17. The site will also have a feature to enter your bank account information if the IRS doesn’t already have it from a 2018 or 2019 refund.

  • If your direct deposit has already been sent, you cannot use the IRS portal to update or correct your bank account information; if you have changed banks, your direct deposit must be returned by the receiving bank of record. You will need to contact the IRS as outlined in the letter referenced in the large italic print below the for further instructions.
  • If you’ve moved recently and cannot provide your new mailing address on the IRS portal prior to your check being mailed out, your check may be marked ‘Return to Sender’ by the postal service. You will need to following the directions in the large italic print below the for further instructions .

Stimulus check tracker

The IRS web portal will also let users check the status of their stimulus payments.

Check this page to view the stimulus check tracker info and look for the “Get My Payment” button, when it launches.

On the web go to: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments

What if I don’t file taxes every year?

The IRS launched this webpage to allow non-tax filers to provide the federal government with payment information. Look for the “Non-filers: Enter payment info here” button.

“If you don’t file taxes, use the “Non-Filers: Enter Your Payment Info Here” application to provide simple information so you can get your payment. You should use this application if: You did not file a 2018 or 2019 federal income tax return because your gross income was under $12,200 ($24,400 for married couples). This includes people who had no income. Or You weren’t required to file a 2018 or 2019 federal income tax return for other reasons”

On the web go to: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments

How much will you get?

In short, people who make $75,000 or less will receive the full $1,200 check. That amount will phase out, capping at people making $99,000. Households will receive an additional $500 for children under 16 years old.

More Frequently Asked Questions and info from IRS.gov:

Here is what you need to know about your Economic Impact Payment. For most taxpayers, payments are automatic, and no further action is needed. This includes taxpayers who filed tax returns in 2018 and 2019 and most seniors and retirees.

Who is eligible? 

U.S. residents will receive the Economic Impact Payment of $1,200 for individual or head of household filers, and $2,400 for married filing jointly if they are not a dependent of another taxpayer and have a work eligible Social Security number with adjusted gross income up to:

$75,000 for individuals

$112,500 for head of household filers and

$150,000 for married couples filing joint returns

Taxpayers will receive a reduced payment if their AGI is between:

$75,000 and $99,000 if their filing status was single or married filing separately

112,500 and $136,500 for head of household

$150,000 and $198,000 if their filing status was married filing jointly

The amount of the reduced payment will be based upon the taxpayers specific adjusted gross income.

 

Eligible retirees and recipients of Social Security, Railroad Retirement, disability or veterans’ benefits as well as taxpayers who do not make enough money to normally have to file a tax return will receive a payment. This also includes those who have no income, as well as those whose income comes entirely from certain benefit programs, such as Supplemental Security Income benefits.

Retirees who receive either Social Security retirement or Railroad Retirement benefits will also receive payments automatically.

Who is not eligible?

Although some filers, such as high-income filers, will not qualify for an Economic Impact Payment, most will.

Taxpayers likely won’t qualify for an Economic Impact Payment if any of the following apply:

Your adjusted gross income is greater than

$99,000 if your filing status was single or married filing separately

$136,500 for head of household

$198,000 if your filing status was married filing jointly

You can be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s return. For example, this would include a child, student or older dependent who can be claimed on a parent’s return.

You do not have a valid Social Security number.

You are a nonresident alien.

You filed Form 1040-NR or Form 1040NR-EZ, Form 1040-PR or Form 1040-SS for 2019.

How much is it worth?

Eligible individuals with adjusted gross income up to $75,000 for single filers, $112,500 for head of household filers and $150,000 for married filing jointly are eligible for the full $1,200 for individuals and $2,400 married filing jointly. In addition, they are eligible for an additional $500 per qualifying child.

For filers with income above those amounts, the payment amount is reduced by $5 for each $100 above the $75,000/$112,500/$150,000 thresholds. Single filers with income exceeding $99,000, $136,500 for head of household filers and $198,000 for joint filers with no children are not eligible and will not receive payments.

Do I need to take action?

No additional action is needed by taxpayers who:

-have already filed their tax returns this year for 2019. The IRS will use this information to calculate the payment amount.

-haven’t filed yet for 2019 but filed a 2018 federal tax return. For these taxpayers the IRS will use their information from 2018 tax filings to make the Economic Impact Payment calculations.

People who aren’t typically required to file a tax return:

-Social Security and Railroad Retirement recipients who are not typically required to file a tax return need to take no action. The IRS will use the information on the Form SSA-1099 and Form RRB-1099 to generate Economic Impact Payments of $1,200 to these individuals even if they did not file tax returns in 2018 or 2019. Recipients will receive these payments as a direct deposit or by paper check, just as they would normally receive their benefits. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) recipients are also part of this group who don’t need to take action.

-For Social Security, Railroad retirees and SSDI who have qualifying children, they can take an additional step to receive $500 per qualifying child.

-There are other individuals such as low-income workers and certain veterans and individuals with disabilities who aren’t required to file a tax return, but they are still eligible for the Economic Impact Payments. Taxpayers can check the IRS.gov tool – Do I Need to File a Tax Return? – to see if they have a filing requirement.

The IRS will soon provide guidance for these individuals on the steps to take to get their payment as soon as possible.

Payment recipients: watch for an IRS letter

 For security reasons, the IRS plans to mail a letter about the economic impact payment to the taxpayer’s last known address within 15 days AFTER the payment is paid. The letter will provide information on how the payment was made and how to report any failure to receive the payment. If a taxpayer is unsure they’re receiving a legitimate letter, the IRS urges taxpayers to visit IRS.gov first to protect against scam artists.

Avoid scams related to economic payments, COVID-19

The IRS urges taxpayers to be on the lookout for scam artists trying to use the economic impact payments as cover for schemes to steal personal information and money. Remember, the IRS will not call, text you, email you or contact you on social media asking for personal or bank account information – even related to the economic impact payments. Also, watch out for emails with attachments or links claiming to have special information about economic impact payments or refunds.

For our members impacted by a COVID-19 quarantine that results in reduced income, there are many ways we can help you.  Let our Member Solutions staff get to work right away on a plan for you. For us to help, it is VERY IMPORTANT that you reach out to us BEFORE you miss even one loan payment. This is because there are certain payment options that are temporarily authorized, and one qualification is that your payment must not already be behind when we start working on a revised payment plan.

For this reason, we are encouraging all our members to let us know as soon as possible any month you think your loan payment is going to be late.  For your own benefit and to increase the likelihood that we can help, please do NOT wait until your loan is delinquent to contact us.  As noted above, we have more options NOW to help you prepare and get through this – don’t wait until you get behind.

So, if you even think you may need a hand with your loans now or later, call us today and tell us you need to speak with someone regarding your loan payments.  We know your GOAL is to meet your everyday needs, and to protect your credit score so that you will still be able to borrow money from us after the crisis – we know exactly how to help you do that. We want to help you protect your car, home, family, and future – allowing us to work with you now is definitely a step in the right direction.  Call today!

Northeast Community Credit Union is consistently monitoring the current health situation and is following guidance from state and federal authorities along with the Center for Disease Control. The health and safety of our members and employees are top priorities. As your #1 NCUA-federally insured credit union, there is no safer place for your money and your deposits are insured to at least $250,000 per depositor.  No depositor has ever lost a penny of NCUA federally insured funds. We are your best and safest choice as always, and we consider it a privilege to partner with you through both good times and challenging times – we’re your financial partner for life!

All our drive-thru lanes are open 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Thursday; 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday; and 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday.  For urgent needs that cannot be handled in the drive-thru, online, or with our mobile app, our lobbies may be accessed during our normal business hours for teller transactions. Strict safety protocols are in place at all our locations and especially for in-person visits.

Please call (423) 547-1200 for an appointment for any non-teller business you want to conduct. If you visit without an appointment, please be prepared to wait patiently until we can allow you to come inside following social distance and other recommended health guidelines.  We are limited as to how many people can be in our buildings at once, so appointments are always your best option to help avoid delays.  Also, facemasks are strongly advised for all in-person visits to our offices.  Do not enter our offices if you are sick.

Our free Online Banking is available 24/7, and cardholders have more than 55,000 ATMs available locally and nationwide with NO surcharge, plus ATMs at our offices. ATMs can be found at http://www.allpointnetwork.com/locator.aspx

Northeast Community Credit Union has a very thorough Pandemic Plan authorized by our Board of Directors to help keep our employees and members safe; we also have backup processes established so that members have continued access to their accounts and services.

It is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT for our members to prepare in advance to use the measures we have in place.  It is recommended that you –

  • Sign up for direct deposit to avoid a wait or hold on funds & easily access them with your NCCU debit card
  • Use our FREE Mobile Check Deposit service so you can take a photo of your checks to deposit them from home
  • Use our FREE mobile app and Card Valet (free download from Google or Apple store) & our FREE home banking to make transfers, keep up with balances, set alerts, make loan payments, get loans, and much more
  • Be sure you have both a NCCU Visa debit card (for purchase, cash back & ATM use) and a NCCU Visa credit card to use for emergencies
  • Use our FREE Online BillPay Service to pay bills, PLUS, members can use the service to send money to relatives or friends
  • Sign up for our texting system. Opt-in by texting “opt-in” to (423) 547-1200
  • Bookmark our website so you can stay aware of updates and information

If you haven’t signed up for these free services so that YOU can be financially prepared, do it TODAY online or call us at (423) 547-1200 for assistance during business hours.

We also have drive-thru windows and ATMs at all our locations; with your NCCU debit card you have access to more than 100,000 surcharge-free ATMs (see the ATM locator Map on our website and mobile app).

It is essential that we all work together as responsible citizens to minimize the spread of disease. We are taking these precautions and ask you to keep these in mind and do the same:

 

  • If you are sick, please remain at home. We provide online and digital services that will meet your financial needs without you having to come to an office.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and warm water for a minimum for 20 seconds. Use alcohol-based (60-95%) hand sanitizer frequently
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your sleeve, elbow, shoulder or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of used tissues in a lined trash receptacle immediately
  • Routinely wipe down your cell phone and work area with alcohol-based cleaners and be diligent about cleaning hands after contacting high-touch surfaces including door handles, bathroom fixtures, phones, keyboards, remote controls, etc. We have increased our cleaning schedules to clean and sanitize fixtures and high-touch surfaces in our lobbies/offices.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Contact health officials immediately if you show symptoms or believe you have been exposed to the virus
  • Be aware of phishing scams or emails. Criminals use fear and will take advantage of any situation. Never open an e-mail attachment or click on a picture from someone you don’t know. Examples include emails claiming to be from the CDC or World Health Organization with maps of countries with COVID-19 outbreaks. Be suspicious of these emails. If you want updated information, visit those websites directly.

We will continue to keep track of this evolving situation. We are working hard to make sure we keep meeting all your financial needs and providing the services you count on.

If we need to change our operations, we will update our website at BeMyCU.org and our social media pages on Facebook and Instagram.  Stay safe, and we WILL weather this together!