"Are foster children eligible for payment from the Coronavirus stimulus package?Foster parents will receive stimulus checks for their foster children if they claimed those children on their tax returns. The stimulus checks, as we understand it, will be based upon either 2018 or 2019 tax returns, depending on if the filer has filed 2019 returns or not. Foster parents may claim a foster child on their taxes if they meet a number of criteria:
- Child was placed with them for the majority (over 6 months) of the tax year
- Child is under the age of 19 at the end of the year or under 24 if a full-time college student for at least 5 months of the year or a permanently totally disabled person during the year.
- Child or youth didn’t provide more than 50 percent of their own support and maintenance payments don’t count in this calculation.This may result in situations where a foster parent receives funds for a child no longer placed with them or a foster parent has a placement but does not receive funds for them. This is being handled at the federal level and therefore we do not have much control or influence on the process. — Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (source)
"The CARES Act will utilize tax returns from the year 2018, or 2019 if you have already filed, in determining the stimulus provided to each qualifying family. As resource parents, you may have claimed a child living in your home that is in foster care according to IRS Tax guidelines for a Qualifying Child. What this means is that you may receive a stimulus payment for a qualifying foster child who resided with you in 2018, but who has since been reunified. While there is no clear guidance yet from the IRS what to do in this situation, we did want to make you aware of this potential issue." — Miren Unsworth, Administrator Division of Family & Community Services, Idaho Department of Health and Welface (source)
"Who is eligible for the Economic Impact Payment?U.S. citizens or resident aliens who:
- Have a valid Social Security number,
- Could not be claimed as a dependent of another taxpayer, andWho will receive the Economic Impact Payment automatically without taking additional steps?
- Individuals who filed a federal income tax for 2018 or 2019
- Individuals who receive Social Security retirement, disability (SSDI), or survivor benefits
- Individuals who receive Railroad Retirement benefits"