Busting A Popular Myth About The $1200 Economic Impact Payment

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There’s an online myth going around that the $1200 Economic Impact Payment is a tax credit which will need to be paid back on our (those of us who receive it) 2020 taxes. I’m sure you’ve seen it, if you haven’t shared it… which I have. And so I’m going to explain how this works, courtesy of a friend of mine who works at the IRS.

1. How Will I Get Paid?

Do nothing. Don’t click on spam emails they send you, don’t give anyone your social security number, don’t get scammed. The government has your banking info if you’ve done anything online re: taxes in the past, and the odds are very good that they’ll get it right. You should see your deposit in the next week or two.

2. Are There Strings Attached?

There aren’t any strings attached. You won’t have to pay this back, and it isn’t coming out of your 2020 refund if you’d get one. The measure is just to put some money into people’s pockets to try to jumpstart the economy. It isn’t much, and there are loads of countries which have done a lot more — but, that said, it’s the best our weakened federal government could do in this crisis.

It’s best to check on the official website, but this little nugget of truth was welcome good news for me when I heard about it earlier, so I thought I’d pass it on to you.

The $1200 is probably going to go for food, for most of us. In many states, evictions have been paused, so look into that if the question is whether to use this money for food or shelter.

It’s going to be a wild, wild ride. The media blitz to get everyone back to work — despite the risks — is getting started up. Governors around the nation are getting impatient to restart their economies to keep everything from collapsing, and antibody testing is apparently close on the horizon.

Stay safe, be careful, and if you run across misinformation, be sure to confront it openly and honestly.

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Philosopher. Author of Formal Dialectics and Bring Back Satire. Editor and founder of Serious Philosophy https://medium.com/serious-philosophy

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