When you file your tax return in 2021, you can get yourmoney in the form of a Recovery Rebate Credit from the IRS. This credit would either increase the amount of your tax refund or decrease the amount of tax you have to pay by the amount of incentive money you still owe. You can claim this money whether or not Congress has one as part of another this month or next year.
We explain how to find out if you are eligible for more money from the first round of payments (you can also find out, if one succeeds), and how to claim that money in 2021. This story was recently updated.
When and how to file a claim for a missing stimulus check in 2021
If you belong or have tried one of the groups belowand think the IRS has not sent your check in full, you still have a chance to claim your stimulus check money through an IRS Recovery Rebate Credit. You can apply for this credit during the 2021 tax season; if the normal schedule is correct, your federal tax return should be paid on April 15 (although in 2020 the IRS due to the COVID-19 pandemic).
While the IRS doesn’t yet have specific instructions for each personal situation (more on this below), the agency does say that people filing taxes can use 2020 Form 1040 or 1040SR to claim catch-up. If you received a partial payment, you will need the amount calculated by the IRS from the letter named Notice 1444 Your Economic Impact Payment when you apply in 2021.
If you apply for the credit and owe money, you will see either the amount of your tax refund increased or the amount of tax you owe decreased, depending on the amount of incentive money you qualify for.
If you don’t normally file a federal tax return, here’s what to do
As of September, the IRS sent letters to 9 million Americans who may be eligible for a payment, but may not have known they had to register to claim it. This group – which the IRS categorizes as “non-affiliates” – includes people who are, such as , and individuals with an income of less than $ 12,200. Those in this group were required to file a claim using the Non-Filers tool by November 21. The IRS said if you missed the deadline, you can claim the payment, again called a Recovery Rebate Credit, in 2021 when you file a federal income tax return 2020:
When you file a 2020 Form 1040 or 1040SR, you may be eligible for the Recovery Rebate Credit. Keep your IRS letter – Notice 1444 Your Economic Impact Payment – with your 2020 tax information. You will need the amount of the payment in the letter when you apply in 2021.
If you miss a payment for a dependent child, do so
Each qualifies under the CARES Act– those 16 and under – were eligible for a $ 500 check. But some people pay for each eligible dependent.
If you claimed it before November 21, you can receive payment in December. You can use ourto get an idea of how much you might owe.
As with the non-affiliates, the IRS said that if you missed the deadline, you can claim payment on your 2020 federal tax return in 2021 by filing a 2020 Form 1040 or 1040SR.
Note that in some cases, where parents are divorced or divorced and share custody of a dependent,per eligible child, so you may not even know you are eligible for the payment.
If your check was garnished by mistake, here’s what to do
Although there are a few instances where the federal government or a debt collection agency could, in general, if you are eligible for a check, . One area in which the federal government can cash a check is for child support backlog. If it , only the spouse who owes child support may have the check seized.
According to the IRS, the parent who does not owe child support should receive their share of the payment without taking action. If you haven’t received your check, the IRS said it works to send the missing payments. While you can’t rely on IRS decisions much, you can also try the Non-Filers tool to make a record of your claim.
If you used our stimulus check calculator and think your check amount is incorrect
Finally, if you use ourand notice that you may be eligible for a larger payment than you received, you can use the IRS Get My Payment tool to see if a check is in the works. If the IRS is waiting for information from you that it needs to make your payment, you may still be able to claim your money next year. Otherwise, you will have to wait until 2021.
If you are a US citizen abroad, in US territories, or not a citizen
The IRS has rules that determine the terms of payment for US citizens living abroad and non-US citizens who work in the US – along with spouses of non-resident aliens. We have a guide running through theif you qualify but did not receive a check.
People in prison or prison are eligible by court order
Since April, when it started sending payments, the IRS has been going back and forth on whether.
A ruling this fall from a federal judge in California appeared to have provisionally resolved the question and required the IRS to contact those in prison who can file a claim for. The deadline to file a claim – by mail or online – this year has passed. As with others who miss a payment, the IRS said that if you don’t receive a payment by December 31, you may be able to claim it in 2021 by filing a 2020 Form 1040 or 1040-SR.
To know everything about the first payment,. We also have an idea of how soon the IRS could be , , and what other benefits you can expect .