Congresswoman Terri Sewell

Representing the 7th District of Alabama

COVID-19 Direct Payments

Quick Link: DIRECT PAYMENTS: Frequently Asked Questions

Congress passed a law to provide Americans with direct payments to help individuals and families make it through this difficult time.

The payment is $1,200 for each adult individual ($2,400 for joint filers), and $500 per qualifying child under age 17. The advance payment of rebates is reduced by $5 for every $100 of income to the extent a taxpayer’s income exceeds $150,000 for a joint filer, $112,500 for a head of household filer, and $75,000 for anyone else (including single filers). You can estimate your rebate here.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will work to deliver rebates quickly in the form of advance payments. For people who filed a federal income tax return in 2018 or 2019, payment processing will be based on payment or address information already on file with the IRS. Electronic distributions will be automatic to an account the payee authorized January 1, 2018 or later.
The IRS will work with the Social Security Administration to generate Economic Impact Payments to recipients of benefits who are not required to file a tax return and did not file a return for 2018 or 2019. This includes senior citizens, Social Security recipients and railroad retirees who are not otherwise required to file a tax return.
Go to for more information about the direct payments.