Economic impact payment fix for 50,000 eligible spouses

Economic impact payment fix for 50,000 eligible spouses

Are you married to someone who owes past-due child support? Was your portion of the economic impact payment (“EIP”) mistakenly applied to pay your spouse’s debt? If so, you’re not alone. In mid-September, the IRS will automatically send “catch-up” payments to eligible spouses whose EIP was diverted to pay their spouses’ child support obligations.

According to the IRS, spouses who already filed “Form 8379, Injured Spouse Allocation” with their federal income tax return will automatically get their EIP portion in mid-September. If your EIP was diverted for child support, but you didn’t file this form with your tax return, you’re still in luck. You don’t need to file the form, and the IRS will be sending your EIP portion automatically at a later date.

In the meantime, remember:

  • You don’t need to do anything to get your money. The IRS will begin making direct deposits and mailing payments starting in mid-September.
  • The IRS won’t contact you about your payment. If someone does, it could be a scam. Get the FTC’s latest information about Coronavirus scams at ftc.gov/coronavirus/scams.
  • To check the status of your payment, always start with the official IRS website at irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment.

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