You can soon claim $500 missing stimulus money for your kids. But you have to do your taxes first

If you missed the deadline back in November to claim $500 for each qualified child dependent that was left out of your first stimulus check in error, it’s almost time to file a claim. The same general process applies for people who didn’t get the $600 owed for each child dependent in the second stimulus check. You’ll be able to claim the additional amount as a  Recovery Rebate Credit when you file your 2020 tax return this year.

CNET’s first stimulus check calculator and your adjusted gross income will help you determine the payment amount you were supposed to get in the initial check. Parents who pay or receive child support could each qualify for $500 per dependent with the first check, but they must share custody of a child dependent and may need to file a claim this year to get the payment. And in some cases, the IRS might also garnish a stimulus check to settle child support debts (that rule doesn’t apply to the second check).

Read on for more details about how to know if you’re owed a payment and how you’ll have to claim it now that tax time is almost here (hint: don’t call the IRS). Meanwhile, read up on the second stimulus check, including who qualifies for more stimulus money —  and who doesn’t. Here’s what’s going on with a third stimulus check. This story was recently updated.

How can I find out if I’m eligible for a stimulus check with child dependents?

To be eligible for a payment, you must be a US citizen, a permanent resident or a qualifying resident alien. You must also have a Social Security number and can’t be claimed as a dependent of another taxpayer.

Here’s where things get tricky. On the surface, the rules to claim a first stimulus check — with or without a child dependent — including having an adjusted gross income under $99,000 (single people), $146,500 (heads of household) or $198,000 (married couples filing jointly). But, and here’s the big catch, because of the way the IRS calculates your stimulus check, you may actually be entitled to some money if you claim a child on your taxes, even if you exceed the income limit.

The CARES Act from March 2020 stipulates a $500 allowance per child dependent in addition to the $1,200 cap for single filers and up to $2,400 for couples filing jointly. (We’ve also calculated how much money you might be able to get for dependents in the second stimulus check.)

There may be specific details you’ll want to explore if your child dependent is adopted, disabled (of any age) or a citizen of another countryRead more>>


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