When will stimulus checks be mailed?


Quick Answer

The Economic Stimulus Payment checks were mailed in 2008, based on information filed on 2007 income tax returns. Eligible taxpayers who didn't receive a stimulus check, or who qualified for a larger amount, claimed a recovery rebate credit when filing their 2008 return.

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The stimulus checks were a prepayment of the 2008 recovery credit, intended to stimulate the American economy by putting cash into taxpayers' hands before they could file 2008 tax returns. The checks were up to $600 for an eligible individual, $1,200 for a married couple that filed jointly and an additional $300 for each qualifying dependent child. The ability to claim the rebate credit ended on April 15, 2012, when the three-year deadline for filing an amended 2008 return expired. As of 2015, no further stimulus checks are available.

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