Your Stimulus Check Questions Answered, Ep #136

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You may have gotten your stimulus check last week, but whether or not you have received the funds you may still have stimulus check questions. On this episode, I’ll answer several common questions surrounding the stimulus checks. I’ll also highlight some positive news for most of us. Positive news is hard to find today so let’s relish it a bit! Listen in to get your stimulus check questions answered and bask in the glow of some happy news.

Outline of This Episode
  • [0:22] will you be benefitting from auto insurance discounts?
  • [4:45] Did you receive your stimulus check this past week?
  • [6:15] Questions surrounding the stimulus check
Is your car insurance going to give you money?

When I see good news I want to spread it far and wide, especially during these trying times. Since there has been less traffic on the roads there have been fewer car accidents which, in turn, has led to fewer car insurance claims. Many insurance companies have decided to pass their savings back to their policyholders. Listen in to hear whether your insurance company is one of those that are offering discounts or refunds.

We all have stimulus check questions

The Senate passed the stimulus package bill in record time and the treasury started rolling out the money even faster. Our government wanted to get the money in the hands of the citizens as soon as possible. We all have questions about the stimulus checks that we will be receiving soon. So, I thought I would do some digging since there is so much information out there it can be difficult to determine what is true and what is false.

Will this stimulus check eat into my 2020 tax refund?

One of the biggest questions people have is whether this federal benefit is simply an advance on next year’s tax refund. Thankfully I was able to find a reliable source that could help me answer this question. The answer is no. This is considered a special tax credit and is simply an addition to anything you might have otherwise expected.

Will this money count toward my taxable income for 2020?

The stimulus funds aren’t considered income so the money is not taxable and it won’t affect your tax bracket for 2020. Some people also wonder whether they will still get a stimulus check if they don’t normally receive tax refunds. Eligibility for a refund check is determined by your 2018 or 2019 AGI. If you look at line 8b on your 2018 1040 or line 7 on the 2019 tax return you will see your AGI. You can check the status of your refund on the IRS website. Did you receive your stimulus check this past week? Listen in to hear more questions about the stimulus money answered.

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