Economic Impact Payments

January 5, 2021: Content on this page reflects information about the first Economic Impact Payment (stimulus payment). For information about any additional payments, please visit and continue to monitor this page.

If you did not receive a payment and think you may be eligible, file your 2020 tax return in 2021 to receive a stimulus payment in 2021.

Note: Please monitor this page for updated information and resources.

Important: If you received your Economic Impact Payment (stimulus payment) in paper form and do NOT have a bank or credit union account, you can avoid check cashing fees by opening an account. Note that some banks are temporarily offering to cash stimulus checks for free for non-account holders. Please check with your local bank or credit union to learn if this is available.

Additional Resources

NYC Financial Empowerment Centers
You can get free one-one-one professional, financial counseling by phone. Work with your counselor to open a bank account so you can set up direct deposit; navigate the IRS Get My Payment tool; manage sudden changes to your household budget or income; contact creditors, and more. To book an appointment visit

NYC Free Tax Prep
If you are not required to file taxes, NYC Free Tax Prep preparers can guide you on how to make sure you get your stimulus payment. To be eligible, you must earn less than $68,000 (families) or $48,000 (single filer). Learn more at

The IRS won’t issue you a bogus check, in an odd amount, then tell you to call a number or verify information online in order to cash it. Watch out for common scam tactics. Visit and click Tax Scams/Consumer Alerts.