Where can I find information about receiving direct stimulus payments under the American Rescue Plan Act?

On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), H.R. 1319, was enacted into law. The full text of ARPA as enacted is available on Congress.gov (please note that it is a long bill and can take a few minutes to fully load in some browsers). The Law Library of Congress has prepared a series of resource-driven FAQs to assist researchers with questions about ARPA. All FAQs in this series share the topic “ARPA FAQS.”

These FAQs are for reference and informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. They are not statements on behalf of the United States Congress and do not represent the official opinion of the United States Government. To understand how ARPA may affect an individual, household, business, or other body, researchers must review the act itself.


ARPA provides that certain qualifying individuals and households will receive direct payments from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Recipients are determined based on their adjusted gross income, and qualifying individuals may receive a maximum recovery rebate of $1,400. These payments are determined on a sliding scale, and will be reduced and phased out incrementally for individuals who have an annual adjusted gross income above these amounts. Information about direct payments to individuals can be found in section 9601 of the act.

The following government resources have information about receiving economic impact payments:

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