How to Get Up to $600 With the 2021 Stimulus Check

The second round of stimulus payments is different from the first. Some requirements for the stimulus check have changed since the initial issuance back in April. While some individuals are now eligible for payments, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) bumped others off the eligibility list. Likewise, individuals who missed the first or second payment may be able to claim their government stimulus check when they file their 2020 taxes.

The new stimulus check payments have slightly different eligibility requirements than the first. For one, there is a lower upper-income limit, which means that individuals, married couples, and heads of households can earn more and still get a portion of the $600 payment. Continue reading to learn more about eligibility for the stimulus check and other important details.

To receive the full $600 of the second government stimulus check, your adjusted gross income (AGI) on your 2019 taxes were less than:

  • $75,000 as a single tax filer.
  • $112,500 as a head of household.
  • $150,000 if married and filing jointly. 

To receive a portion of the second payment, your AGI on your 2019 or 2018 taxes must be less than:

  • $87,000 as a single tax filer.
  • $124,500 as a head of household.
  • $174,000 if married and filing jointly. 

Eligibility for the stimulus check initially required both spouses to have a Social Security number (SSN). If one spouse did not have an SSN, neither spouse received a payment. However, individuals can now get a stimulus check even if their spouse does not have an SSN. 

Likewise, parents who owed child support were not sent the first stimulus payment if they owed more than $1,200. They only received an amount minus what they owed. For example, if a parent owed $400 in child support, the government sent them $800 ($1,200 minus $400). 

With the new regulations, individuals will receive the full amount they are eligible for even if they owe child support. They will not have a portion of their stimulus payment garnished. 

Families can expect to get more than the first stimulus payment.