More than 130 million Americans will receive tax rebates this year as part of Congress’ $168 billion economic stimulus package.
Payments begin in about two weeks and range from $600 for individuals to $1,200 for couples, plus an additional $300 per child.
Not everyone is eligible for a full rebate, however.
For single filers earning more than $75,000 and joint filers earning more than $150,000, the tax rebate is reduced by $50 for each $1,000 of income beyond the limits.
An individual with no children, therefore, will not receive a tax rebate if income exceeds $87,000 annually. The IRS provides a tax rebate calculator that can help make sense of the math.
For tax filers using direct deposit, the rebates will be paid based on the last two digits of the social security number:
- SSN ending in 00-20 will arrive May 2
- SSN ending in 21-75 will arrive May 9
- SSN ending in 76-99 will arrive May 16
For tax filers using paper checks instead of direct deposit, payouts begin a little bit later on May 16 and extend through mid-July. The IRS makes the exact dates known on its Web site.
For late income tax filers, the IRS send rebate checks about two weeks after the returns are processed, but not before the regularly scheduled date.