I was incorrectly claimed as a dependent. How do I get my stimulus check?

By Christine Tran, 2020 Get It Back Campaign Intern

One eligibility requirement to get a stimulus check is that you cannot be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s tax return. If you haven’t received your stimulus check because you were wrongly claimed as a dependent on a 2019 tax return, you will have to wait until 2021 to file a 2020 tax return to get your stimulus check. (It is referred to as the Recovery Rebate Credit on the tax return.) You will need to file a tax return to get your stimulus payment even if you aren’t required to file taxes.

If you can be claimed as a dependent on a 2020 tax return, you will not receive the $1,200 tax credit in 2021.

Need help filing?

At the end of January 2021, contact your local VITA site or call your local 211 to find free tax services in your area.

 


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