Will You Have to Pay Back Any of Your Stimulus Check?

People who, for whatever reason, got a larger stimulus check payment then they expected have been wondering if paybacks will be required. The IRS finally answered the question for most people.

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We all hope the stimulus checks that Americans are getting will help pull the country out of the coronavirus-induced economic mess we're in right now. But there have been many questions surrounding the payments themselves and how they're being processed. Who qualifies? How much money will I get? When will payments be sent? Why can't I track the status of my payment? The IRS has, for the most part, done a pretty good job of answering these questions over the past few weeks. However, there is one burning question that the IRS didn't answer until now: Will I have to pay back any stimulus check money if I got too much?

(Use our Stimulus Check Calculator to see how much money you'll get. For answers to other stimulus check questions, see Your 2020 Stimulus Check: How Much? When? And Other Questions Answered.)

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Rocky Mengle

Rocky Mengle was a Senior Tax Editor for Kiplinger from October 2018 to January 2023 with more than 20 years of experience covering federal and state tax developments. Before coming to Kiplinger, Rocky worked for Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting, and Kleinrock Publishing, where he provided breaking news and guidance for CPAs, tax attorneys, and other tax professionals. He has also been quoted as an expert by USA Today, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, Reuters, Accounting Today, and other media outlets. Rocky holds a law degree from the University of Connecticut and a B.A. in History from Salisbury University.