Stimulus checks and your taxes: What you need to know when you file your 2020 tax returnFebruary 24, 2021
Some people do look forward toeach year — at least, those do. This year, however, you’ve got several other benefits to as soon as possible. Aside from receiving a possible refund, are linked to recovering your if you never received them. Even better, a could also be tied to your taxes this year. Even if you’re a , someone who doesn’t file taxes, this is the case for you, too.
When you file your taxes this year, it’ll be time to claim anyas a . To help get your money quicker, you’ll also want to take the time to so you’re not waiting on a paper check to arrive. Also, since the third stimulus check , you may want to , especially if your employment status has changed.
Thiswill probably be the most complicated we’ve had to deal with due to and . We’ll explain how your tax returns and are linked, how your figure in and whether the stimulus payment . Also, here’s when a , the and if you could expect to or than before — .
How could my 2020 taxes affect the amount of a third stimulus check I could get?
This month, lawmakers are deciding that question. So far, it looks like Congress could base aon your 2019 or 2020 taxes, whichever the IRS has on file at the time it processes your payment. If your situation changed dramatically between the two years, you could potentially get the full amount, even if the IRS bases the check it sends on your 2019 taxes. You may need to wait till 2022, however, to claim the difference on next year’s taxes. Here’s everything to know about .
Theis expected to fall within tax season — April 15 is the tax-filing due date — which complicates matters quite a bit, especially since the IRS is already combining (more below).
I’m missing money from the first two stimulus checks. How can I file for a Recovery Rebate Credit?
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 , called Notice 1444 for the first payment and Notice 1444-B for the second payment.
When do I need to file a stimulus credit on my taxes?
According to the IRS, you’ll be able to claim a missing payment on your taxes now with any payments going out after you file. You can prepare your taxes now — through the IRS’ Free File tax preparation service, if you qualify to use it — or through a . The this year, but you can if you can’t make the deadline.
What if I wait until the April 15 tax due date or file for an extension?
April 15 is the due date for all 2020 tax returns, but filing your taxes sooner will not only potentiallyof any you might collect but also position you to get any weeks or even months faster. We that looks at the timing.
Filing foryour having to pay taxes you may owe. Those will still be due by April 15; otherwise, you accrue interest on the amount, which you’ll eventually have to pay on top of your income taxes. And you of course are delaying receiving your stimulus payment.
If I file my taxes now, will it speed up or slow down my third stimulus payment?
That depends. Since a third stimulus payment isand we can only guess , one potential way to receive it first is to , if you haven’t already.
What if I’m a nonfiler and don’t usually file tax returns?
According to the IRS, Free File service.Form 1040 or Form 1040-SR to claim the . The IRS says anyone with an income of $72,000 or less can file a federal tax return electronically for free through the IRS
Will I owe taxes on any of the stimulus check money I received?
No, a the IRS has said.doesn’t count as income so you won’t owe tax on it,
I didn’t file my taxes in 2019. Can I still get a stimulus check?
If you weren’t required to file a 2019 tax return because you wereor you receive federal benefits such as Social Security (including through ), you may still qualify for a payment. Up to 9 million people who fell into this nonfilers category were owed a first stimulus payment as of last fall.
Though many people in this category should have received their second payment automatically, if the IRS doesn’t send your money by the start of tax-filing season, you’ll need to the Tax Foundation said.as a ,
How exactly is my stimulus payment amount related to my tax return?
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 your take-home pay, since it’s based on a variety of factors. The IRS may use your AGI on your 2020 return to calculate your third payment.
How are taxes, stimulus checks and dependents tied together?
For the second check, you could receivefor under age 17 whom you claim on your taxes. The definition was narrower than for dependents who’d be eligible for certain credits under tax law, including , dependents of any age with disabilities and .
Theunder of a could be sent to a more widely defined group. (Here’s what we .)
Am I still eligible for a stimulus payment if I lost my job or got a new one since I filed my taxes last year?
If your financial situation changed after you filed your 2019 tax return — for example, if you received less income — you can claim that additional amount on your 2020 tax return when you file this year.
Will the overall stimulus payment amount I received affect how much I’ll 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 for purposes of determining if you’re eligible for federal government assistance or benefit programs.
Could my 2019 tax returns help get my missing stimulus payment any 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 consider registering a .
Will I have to give my stimulus check money back to the IRS 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. Here’s when the .
Will the IRS take away my stimulus check money to cover other expenses I owe, like federal taxes?
For the second check, the IRS won’t reduce your stimulus payment to cover anyyou owe, and debt collectors either.
However, the protections from the Consolidated Appropriations Act that prevented the IRS from garnishing your stimulus check for unpaid taxes do not apply to people who areon their .
“If you are an eligible individual who has not yet received your full EIP and you have certain outstanding debts, some or all of your unpaid stimulus payment will be withheld to offset those debts,” the Taxpayer Advocate Service said in a blog post. The IRS is looking into this issue.
For more, here’s.