When you’re finding it difficult to keep up with bills, a stimulus check for North Dakota can seem like a lifeline. However, with no new checks coming in 2024, you may want to explore other alternatives.

If you're facing a setback due to a job loss or other reasons, check to see if you qualify for programs like SNAP, subsidized housing, rental assistance, or unemployment benefits.

Tax credits can also provide some relief if you’re dealing with financial hardship. Read on to learn more about what tax credits are, how to claim them, and how much credit you can qualify for.

Is There a Stimulus Check in 2024 for North Dakota?

There are no new stimulus checks for North Dakota residents in 2024. After the three Economic Impact Payments that were issued during the coronavirus pandemic, the federal government has no plans to issue any additional stimulus payments.

Any social media posts you may have read about IRS stimulus checks are misleading or false since the relief measures introduced through the American Rescue Plan and the CARES Act have already expired.

North Dakota Stimulus Check 2024

Residents in states like Pennsylvania and Michigan may get checks through state-level tax credits, but North Dakota doesn’t have an Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit (CTC), or Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC).

Gov. Doug Burgum created a temporary nonrefundable Earned Income Tax Credit of $350 ($700 for married couples filing jointly). However, this was only a temporary measure available for the 2021 and 2022 tax years.

While there are currently no state-level tax credits, you can still claim the federal EITC, CTC, and CDCTC to maximize your refund amount.

How do North Dakota Stimulus Checks Work?

Tax credits are different from stimulus programs, but they put more money back in your pocket because it reduces the taxes you owe on a dollar-for-dollar basis. This is extra money in your bank account you can use for your living expenses or savings.

Tax credits can be refundable or non-refundable, and even if you don’t owe taxes, claiming federal credits may allow you to get a refund.

Who Is Eligible for North Dakota’s Stimulus Checks?

You can claim federal tax credits if you qualify for them. You’ll need to meet these eligibility requirements set by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to claim the federal EITC:

  • Your age must be between 25 and 65.
  • You must have lived in the U.S. for at least six years.
  • You must not be claimed as a dependent on another taxpayer’s tax returns.
  • Your investment income must not be over $11,000.
  • You must have a valid Social Security number.

You must also meet these adjusted gross income limits set by the IRS:

  • No qualifying children: $17,640 (single, head of household, widowed) $24,210 (married filing jointly)
  • 1 qualifying child: $46,560 (single, head of household, widowed) $53,120 (married filing jointly)
  • 2 qualifying children: $52,918 (single, head of household, widowed) $59,478 (married filing jointly)
  • 3 or more qualifying children: $56,838 (single, head of household, widowed) $63,398 (married filing jointly)

You can claim the Child Tax Credit for every qualifying child who meets these requirements:

  • Must be under the age of 17.
  • Must be your daughter, son, eligible foster child, stepchild, stepbrother, stepsister, sister, brother, half-sister, half-brother, or descendent.  
  • Must have lived with you for at least half of the tax year.
  • Must be claimed on your tax return as a dependent.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen, national, or resident alien.
  • Must not provide more than half of their own financial support.

To qualify for the federal Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit, you must have paid someone else to care for your child or dependent. You must also meet these requirements:

  • You and your spouse must have earned income.
  • You must have paid someone else for childcare so you could work or look for work.
  • Married couples must file a joint return.
  • You must provide the name, address, and the Taxpayer Identification Number of the person who provided the care.

How Much Do You Receive and When

Federal EITC amount is calculated based on your earned income, filing status, and number of qualifying children. Here’s the maximum amount of credit you can get for the tax year 2023:

  • $600: No qualifying children
  • $3,995: 1 qualifying child
  • $6,604: 2 qualifying children
  • $7,430: 3 or more qualifying children

For the tax year 2023, you can get a Child Tax Credit of $2,000 for each qualifying child if your gross income is not over $200,000 ($400,000 income limit for married couples filing jointly). There’s also an additional Child Tax Credit (refundable) of up to $1,600.

The federal CDCTC allows you to claim eligible expenses of up to $3,000 per qualifying dependent ($6,000 for two or more qualifying dependents) for 2023.

How To Track the Status of Your North Dakota Stimulus Checks

You won’t get a separate North Dakota stimulus check even if you claim tax credits. These credits will be reflected on your tax refund, and you’ll get a paper check or direct deposit if you qualify for a refund.

Keep in mind that it may take the IRS three weeks to process e-filed returns and six to eight weeks to process paper returns. You can also check the status of your refund online.

How To Apply for North Dakota’s Stimulus Checks

You can claim tax credits when you file your individual tax returns. Use tax preparation software or get the help of a tax prep professional to file your taxes.

Use the IRS’s free tax filing services like Free File, VITA, and TCE if you’re a low-income filer.

Apply for Financial Assistance in North Dakota

With no new stimulus checks for the state of North Dakota in 2024, we recommend claiming as many tax credits as you qualify for to maximize your tax refund amount.

If you’re finding it difficult to afford living expenses, check to see if you qualify for benefit programs like rental assistance, Social Security, food stamps, and housing vouchers. A good way to see which benefits you qualify for based on your specific situation is to fill out the questionnaire on the Benefit Finder tool.