Stimulus check tax credit: How to get your missing stimulus payment on your 2020 refund

There are some important things you need to know about claiming your missing stimulus check money on your taxes.


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If you’re still missing a stimulus payment, you’re not alone. Millions of qualified people never got their first or second stimulus checks. It’s possible the IRS made an error, that you’re missing money for your dependents, that your check was mistakenly garnished or that you’re a tax non-filer who needed to take an extra step. Don’t worry: You can claim your full stimulus check amount as a Recovery Rebate Credit when you file your 2020 tax return.

The rebate credit ties your stimulus money to your tax return. That means you won’t get a separate check, but you could get either a larger tax refund or pay a smaller tax bill. If you don’t usually file taxes (for instance, if you’re on SSI or SSDI, or if you’re retired), you’ll need to file this year. We recommend getting your paperwork in order before the IRS starts processing returns on Feb. 12filing your taxes early and signing up for direct deposit

The first step to getting your Recovery Rebate Credit is

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