Dingell: Stimulus Checks Likely to Start Coming Next Week

Taxpayers in Michigan can expect the checks promised in the federal coronavirus stimulus package – the CARES Act — to begin arriving soon, possibly as early as next week, according to U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell.

The CARES Act, signed into law March 27, provides payments of up to $1,200 per adult and $500 per child. Individuals making up to $75,000 ($150,000 for married workers) will receive payments of $1,200 with an additional $500 payment per minor child. The payments decrease and stop altogether for single workers making more than $99,000 ($198,000 for married workers and $218,000 for a family of four.)

According to information provided by Dingle, a Democrat from Dearborn:

  • The IRS is expected to make approximately 60 million payments to Americans through direct deposit for people who used direct deposit on their 2018 or 2019 tax returns, starting in mid-April (likely next week). This will include Social Security beneficiaries who filed federal tax returns that included direct deposit information.
  • Shortly after that (hopefully within 10 days) after the first round of payments are made in mid-April, the IRS plans to make a second round of payments. These payments will be made to Social Security beneficiaries who did not file tax returns in 2018 or 2019 and receive their Social Security benefits via direct deposit. The estimates are that nearly 99 percent of Social Security beneficiaries who do not file a return receive their benefits through direct deposit.
  • Approximately three weeks after the first round of payments are made (the week of May 4), the IRS is expected to begin issuing paper checks to individuals. The checks will be issued in reverse “adjusted gross income” order — starting with people with the lowest income first.

“Families and workers in Michigan are feeling deeply the direct impacts of the COVID-19 crisis,” Dingell said in a statement. “They, along with front-line healthcare workers, must be our immediate priority in our response. It is critical that the federal government work in an urgent manner to get these payments to individuals.”

Dingle urged anyone having issues getting their payment to contact her office. Dingell can be reached via her website (debbiedingell.house.gov), by phone in Washington, D.C., at 202-226-0371 or at her Dearborn office, 313-278-2936.