There’s so much happening now. Here’s where you can find information on how COVID-19 is affecting tax returns and, of course, those stimulus checks.

Got questions about stimulus checks? I’ve got answers. There are separate pieces for high school seniors and college students, as well as seniors (seniors piece is updated here).

IRS has pushed filing deadlines to July 15. Not all state and local tax authorities are following the feds. If you’re looking for updates on local and state tax authority closings and extensions, you’ll find those here.

If you’re looking for a summary of the CARES Act, you can find it here.

All local Social Security offices will be closed to the public for in-person service starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020. According to the Social Security Administration, “This decision protects the population we serve—older Americans and people with underlying medical conditions—and our employees during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.” You can find out more here.

IRS is closing down some operations. The upside is that they’re offering some relief, too. You can find those details here.

Finally, if you’d like to help out, there are many organizations offering services during the crisis.

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Kelly Erb is a tax attorney, tax writer and podcaster.


  1. Love your bio and your column in tax advice. Is the stimulus check subject to divorce settlement?

    • Kelly Reply

      As to the check being subject to a divorce settlement, I think it would depend on the state and the timing of the check. If it’s payable to both, it feels like a marital asset to me, but I’m not a family lawyer (and again, the answer could vary by state).

  2. Barry Serzy Reply

    I have been 100% disabled for 12 years and on SSDI,my wife and I haven’t been required to file taxes low income, will she be getting her $1200 on my direct deposit? i can’t find nothing on it. Thanks

    • Kelly Reply

      Your wife needs to register on the IRS website as a nonfiler.

  3. My sons father doesn’t file taxes and is begging on child support. If he didn’t apply for the stimulus will he still receive one?

    • Kelly Reply

      Not unless he otherwise qualifies through SS, SSI, SSDI, VA or RRB. But if he’s simply a non-filer, then no.

    • Kelly Reply

      Unfortunately, it’s a common problem. Hopefully, the IRS will offer a fix (so far, they’ve suggested the fix is to wait until you file your 2020 return).

  4. Patrick Buntin Reply

    Who determine if some or all comes out your stimlus check for child support?

    • Kelly Reply

      The IRS makes the determination based on the information submitted to the Offset Program by the state.

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