Stimulus Check Information for People with a Criminal Record or Who Are Currently Incarcerated


PRC Stimulus Check Information
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People with a criminal record or who are currently incarcerated are eligible for the first and second stimulus checks. If you have a criminal record or are currently incarcerated and did not receive your stimulus check(s), you can claim the tax credit on your 2020 tax return.


Contact Campaign for Working Families for free support in filing taxes and/or collecting your stimulus check(s). Their location at 1425 Arch Street doesn't require ID.


The stimulus checks are a federal tax credit for the 2020 tax year, known as the Recovery Rebate Credit. You can claim the Recovery Rebate Credit by filing a tax return in 2021 for Tax Year 2020 and claiming it as part of your tax refund. You can claim the Recovery Rebate Credit on line 30 of your Form 1040 or 1040-SR where you will need to enter the Recovery Rebate Credit amount that you are owed.


First Stimulus Check Eligibility

(Note: SSN eligibility has been retroactively changed for the first stimulus check, meaning that some who were initially not eligible may now be)

1. Income Limits: The first stimulus check maximum income limit is $99,000 for a single adult, $136,500 for head of household, and $198,000 for a married couple. If you have zero income you can still get the payment.

2. Social Security Number: A social security card is required to receive payment. If you are married and filing jointly, the spouse with a Social Security number and any children with Social Security numbers or Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number (ATIN) can get the payment. If one spouse is an active member of the military, then both spouses are eligible for a stimulus check even if only one spouse has an SSN and the other spouse has an ITIN.

3. Dependency: You cannot be claimed as someone else’s dependent on a tax return to get the first stimulus check.

4. Citizenship or Residence: You must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or qualifying resident immigrant.


Second Stimulus Check Eligibility

1. Income: The second stimulus check maximum income limit is lower than the first stimulus check. Single filers who earned more than $87,000 ($174,000 if married filing jointly and $124,500 if head of household) in 2019 are ineligible for the second stimulus check.

2. Social Security Number: A social security card is required to receive payment. If you are married and filing jointly, the spouse with a Social Security number and any children with Social Security numbers or Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number (ATIN) can get the payment. If one spouse is an active member of the military, then both spouses are eligible for a stimulus check even if only one spouse has an SSN and the other spouse has an ITIN.

3. Dependency: You cannot be claimed as someone else’s dependent on a tax return to get the second stimulus check.

4. Citizenship or Residence: You must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or qualifying resident immigrant. All content based on information from EITC Outreach.