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Stimulus check 1 calculator: Estimate your total of the $1,200 check

This stimulus payment calculator estimates how much your household could receive with the first economic payment.

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If the IRS sends a second check, your household's exact total may be something other than the $1,200 cap per person. We'll help you calculate.

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Congress approved a second stimulus check as part of another economic relief bill, for an upper limit of $600 apiece and an extra $600 per qualifying child dependent. We built a handy Stimulus Check 2 calculator that can help you estimate the size of your new payment

Although there's a slightly new set of second stimulus check qualifications now that could result in a smaller payment for a variety of reasons, we wanted to leave this calculator from the first stimulus check here for the sake of posterity, in case you wanted to compare estimates or to see if you got the amount you thought you would (if not, you may need to file for a Recovery Rebate Credit with the IRS).

By the way, the calculator doesn't retain your personal details in any way. Keep in mind that it provides an estimate of the total amount you might receive -- it isn't a final figure from the IRS. Here's how to calculate the size of your second stimulus check

Important: Make sure you have your AGI

CNET's stimulus check calculator tool is based on rules from the CARES Act that was passed in March (we'll update it once the stimulus check is final). It's intended to give you a ballpark estimate of what you might expect in a second check, or in your first, if you're still waiting for that one. To use the tool, you'll need your adjusted gross income, or AGI, from your 2019 or 2018 tax information. If you've filed your 2019 federal tax return, you can find that figure on line 8b of the 2019 1040 federal tax form. It's line 7 on the 2018 1040 tax form

How to use the $1,200 stimulus calculator

The CARES Act allowed Americans to claim child dependents for $500 each, as long as they're 16 years old or younger (that is, under 17 years old). Here are exceptions to the current rules regarding when someone who's 17 to 24 years old can claim a stimulus check. If you don't typically file taxes, or have different circumstance, this provides more information.

Calculate your stimulus payment

Use details from your 2018 or 2019 tax return, whichever is most recent.

1. Choose your filing status below.

2. What was your adjusted gross income (AGI)?

3. How many qualified dependents did you claim in your taxes?


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If you don't usually file taxes, how to estimate your stimulus money

With the first checks, the IRS automatically sent stimulus checks to many who normally aren't required to file a tax return -- including senior citizens, Social Security and SSDI and SSI recipients and railroad retirees. (In some situations, eligible individuals and families who didn't file taxes needed to use the IRS Non-Filers tool to provide the IRS with enough information to send a check.) Some who didn't file taxes may be eligible for a payment but haven't yet claimed it. 

If this is the case for you, enter your best guess where it asks for your adjusted gross income.

Reminder: Here's who qualifies to receive a stimulus check

We have more details about who could qualify for another stimulus check and who may not be eligible. In broad strokes, here's the income cap under the CARES Act:

  • You're a single US citizen or resident alien and have an adjusted gross income less than $99,000
  • You file as the head of a household and earn under $146,500
  • You file jointly without children and earn less than $198,000

For everything to know about the first payment, see our guide to the first round of checks. We also have an idea for how quickly the IRS could send out the second round of payments and which priority group you might be in.