Your federal income tax plays a major role in determining the, and at all. That was true for the first and , and we expect it to apply to a as well. For example, the IRS looks at information on your tax returns to set the . The IRS is also using this year’s tax return (for taxes on your 2020 income) to pay you you should have received, but didn’t.
So if you don’t get your, by the end of next week (some people may still receive a or or in the next few days,) you’ll most likely need to this year. With set to start in a little less than four weeks, you have time to collect the paperwork you’ll need to claim a payment.
We’ll help answer questions about how tax returns and stimulus checks go together, along with how yourfigure in, whether the payment counts as taxable income when you file, and what happens if you aren’t normally required to file a federal tax return. Plus, we’ll tell you what we know about a for per . For more information, here’s how to and . And here are other .
What should I do if I didn’t get my second stimulus check? What’s a Recovery Rebate Credit?
The December stimulus bill set a Jan. 15 cutoff for the IRS and US Treasury toto and . Unless the IRS mailed your check right at the deadline or your payment is caught up in , you’ll need to claim money from the $600 stimulus check when you file your federal tax returns this year as a Recovery Rebate Credit on the 2020 Form 1040 or Form 1040-SR. You can also claim money the IRS owes you from the first round of stimulus checks, authorized last spring — millions are owed a .
To help work out whether you’re missing a payment, and for how much, the IRS provides a Recovery Rebate Credit Worksheet. You’ll need the IRS’ calculated amount from the letter the agency will send you, called Notice 1444 for the first payment and Notice 1444-B for the second payment.
When can I claim my stimulus credit on my taxes?
According to the IRS, you’ll be able to claim your missing payment on your taxes in about a month, with any payments going out after. The IRS said you can start preparing your taxes now — through its Free File tax preparation service if you qualify to use it — or through a. The first day the IRS will begin accepting and processing individual tax returns is Feb. 12. The tax-filing deadline is April 15 this year.
What if I’m not typically required to file a tax return?
According to the IRS, to claim the Recovery Rebate Credit, you need to file Form 1040 or Form 1040-SR, “even if you are normally not required to file a tax return.”
The IRS says anyone with an income of $72,000 or less can file a federal tax return electronically for free through the IRS Free File service.
Will I have to pay taxes on my stimulus payment?
No, adoesn’t count as income so you won’t owe tax on it, the IRS has said.
I didn’t file a tax return in 2019. Do I still qualify for a check?
If you weren’t required to file a 2019 tax return because you were below income limits or you receive federal benefits such as Social Security, you could still qualify for a payment. Up to 9 million people who fell into this “non-filers” category were owed a first stimulus payment as of last fall.
Though many people in this category should’ve received their second payment automatically, if the IRS doesn’t send your money by the start of tax-filing season, you’ll need to file a federal tax return this year to claim your missing payment with the, the Tax Foundation said.
How do my tax returns help determine the total stimulus amount I can receive?
The IRS uses the, from your 2019 federal tax return to and your household will receive. (We explain here .) Your AGI may be a different figure from your annual salary or take-home pay, based on a variety of factors.
What’s the link between dependents, stimulus checks and taxes?
For the second check, you could receivefor under age 17 whom you claim on your taxes. The definition was more narrow than dependents who’d be eligible for certain credits under tax law, including , dependents of any age with disabilities, and .
Could the status of dependents come closer to tax law with a third check?
President-elect Joe Biden is proposing, as part of, a . Under Biden’s plan, dependents of any age .
If I lost my job or got a new one since I filed taxes last, do I qualify for a stimulus check?
If your financial situation changed after you filed your 2019 tax return — for example, you received less income — you can claim that additional amount on your 2020 tax return when you file this year.
How will last year’s stimulus payment affect how much I owe on this year’s taxes?
If you got a payment last year, it won’t reduce your tax refund or increase what you owe when you file your 2020 tax return this year. The payment also doesn’t count as income to determine if you’re eligible for federal government assistance or benefit programs.
Could my 2019 tax returns help me get a second check quicker?
Depending on your personal tax situation, thewould either reduce the total amount you owe to the IRS or give you a larger .
If the IRS has your direct deposit information from a previous federal tax return, the agency will attempt to. If you receive your tax refund by check in the mail, however, or if the IRS info or your bank information is out of date, the agency will send your refund in the mail. The IRS didn’t accept , but you should be able to register a new account with your 2020 tax filing.
Do I have to return the money if I qualify for less with next year’s taxes?
You won’t be required to pay back a stimulus payment if, based on your 2020 tax returns, you no longer qualify for the amount you received.
Could the IRS take my stimulus money to cover any payments I owe?
For the second check, if you owe federal taxes or have other federal debts, the IRS won’t reduce your stimulus payment to cover those. It also won’t redirect anyyou owe. And debt collectors either.
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