S. D. HOGAN & COMPANY, LLC

Certified Public Accountants

All posts

Why is my IRS payment different from what I expected?

by | May 20, 2020 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

As people across the country receive their Economic Impact Payments (IRS payment), some might receive a different amount than they expected.

Eligible individuals receive a payment for $1,200. Two eligible individuals filing a joint return receive $2,400. And, eligible individuals receive up to an additional $500 for each qualifying child who meets the conditions outlined on the Qualifying Child Requirements page.

The Economic Impact Payment is automatic for eligible people who filed a tax return in 2018 or 2019. They’re also automatic for those who aren’t required to file a tax return but who receive:

  • Social Security retirement, survivor or disability benefits.
  • Railroad Retirement benefits.
  • Supplemental Security Income.
  • Veterans Affairs benefits.

People who receive less than expected can go to IRS.gov and review this chart (PDF) to check the payment they should receive. It has examples that use filing status and income to calculate the payment amount.

Here are some common things that help explain what may have happened:

  • The taxpayer hasn’t filed a 2019 tax return, and their payment was based on the 2018 return. This could also be the case if the IRS has not finished processing the 2019 return.
  • The qualifying child is not under the age of 17. For purposes of the payment, the child’s age is how old they are at the end of the year for the tax return on which the IRS bases the payment amount. If a dependent is 17 or older, they don’t qualify for the additional $500. This includes a parent or other relative, and college students.
  • The Economic Impact Payment was offset by past-due child support. While this is the only offset that can affect the payment amount, federal law allows creditors to garnish a payment once it’s deposited into a bank account.

In many instances, eligible taxpayers who received a payment that was smaller than expected may get an additional amount early next year when they file their 2020 federal income tax return.

If you have questions about your IRS payment or any other tax topic, please contact S. D. Hogan & Company LLC | Certified Public Accountants at (757) 536-7580 or info@sdhogan.net.

Portions of this blog post have been reprinted with the permission of the US Internal Revenue Service.

COVID-19 Employee Retention Credit

COVID-19 Employee Retention Credit

The New Employee Retention Credit   The employee retention credit is designed to encourage businesses to keep employees on their payroll. The amount of the credit is 50% of qualified wages paid up to an annual limit of $10,000, which equals a maximum credit...

IRS Tax Help for COVID-19, Continued

IRS Tax Help for COVID-19, Continued

Due to COVID-19, the IRS is providing relief on a variety of issues as part of the People First Initiative. The IRS is modifying certain activities through the filing and payment deadline, Wednesday, July 15, 2020. Here's what people need to know about relief related...

IRS Tax Help for COVID-19

IRS Tax Help for COVID-19

Due to COVID-19, the IRS' People First Initiative provides relief to taxpayers on a variety of issues from easing payment guidelines to delaying compliance actions. This relief is effective through the filing and payment deadline, Wednesday, July 15, 2020. Existing...

Pin It on Pinterest