Direct Relief for Individuals & Families

Rebate Information

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was passed by Congress is intended to directly help individuals and families.

Here are key facts about the rebates included in the CARES Act:

  • 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 ratably and stop altogether for single workers making more than $99,000 ($198,000 for married workers and $218,000 for a family of four.)​
       
  • These payments will be issued by the IRS via direct deposit and will be based on 2019 or 2018 tax return or 2019 Social Security statement.
  • A Social Security Number (SSN) is the main criteria for determining eligibility for the recovery rebate, which will impact many immigrant families.
    • DACA and TPS recipients are eligible for SSNs, so if they have an SSN they should receive a recovery rebate.
    • Mixed-status families will likely not be eligible. Both parents must have an SSN to receive the rebate, unless one is in the military. Individuals who use Individual Tax Identification Numbers (ITIN) are excluded from the direct cash assistance. 
    • Undocumented people are excluded because they do not have SSNs and so are people who have certain non-immigrant or temporary visas, including tourist visas, student visas, and consular visas.
    • Some non-immigrants, like H1-B and L workers, do qualify if they live in the U.S. for more than six months per year. 

Expected Timeline

Below you'll find the expected timeline for payments from the Ways and Means Committee on April 2, 2020:

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for guidance from the IRS.

Below you'll find answers from the Ways and Means Committee: