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.
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