Taxes and Economic Impact Payments
Economic Impact Payments (EIP)
The CARES Act initially provided EIPs to American households of up to $1,200 per adult for individuals whose income was less than $99,000 (or $198,000 for joint filers) and $500 per child under 17 years old – or up to $3,400 for a family of four. The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 authorized additional payments of up to $600 per adult and up to $600 for each qualifying child. Please note that non-child dependents did not qualify for a payment through the first two rounds of EIPs.
If you did not receive one or both of the first two EIPs, but believe you were eligible, you can receive the payment by claiming the Recovery Rebate Credit on your 2020 taxes.
The American Rescue Plan provides direct payments of $1,400 per person, including children and adult dependents, for individuals making up to $75,000 per year and joint filers making up to $150,000 per year. You can check the status of your payment here.
Note: for EIP information for undocumented and mixed-status families, please click here.
2020 Tax Filing
The IRS has begun accepting 2020 tax returns. The IRS has also extended its tax filing deadline from April 15, 2021, to May 17, 2021. Arizona has also extended the state tax filing deadline to May 17, 2021.
Tax Filing Assistance
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
If you live in the City of Phoenix and your household income was $57,000 or less in 2020, you may be eligible for tax filing assistance through City of Phoenix’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. You can schedule an appointment for a prequalifying screening by telephone here. You can view a list of what to bring to your VITA appointment here.
Anyone, regardless of income, can file their state and federal taxes using VITA’s free, interview-based software. Send an email to email@example.com to receive the free tax preparation software link and instructions.
You can contact Phoenix VITA by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling (602) 534-8359. If you live outside the City of Phoenix you can find a VITA site near you here or by calling 800-906-9887.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Resources
If your adjusted gross income was $72,000 or less in 2020, you can file your federal taxes for free using one of the IRS’s Free File partners. You can learn more here. If your income was more than $72,000 in 2020, you can file your federal taxes using Free File Fillable Forms. You can learn more here.
The IRS’s free, automated Interactive Tax Assistant (ITA) is a tool that provides answers to several tax law questions specific to your individual circumstances. You can learn more here.