Are you eligible for your own stimulus check? How the rules could change with a third payment

Find out if you’re eligible to get a stimulus check on your own, or if you’re claimed as a dependent.


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The first and second stimulus checks provided a much-needed injection of cash to millions of Americans. However, around 13 million young people aged 17 to 24 who are listed as dependents on their parents’ taxes were not eligible to receive any stimulus money from either round of payments, due to a tax code definition of “child dependent.” And even if you do count as a child dependent, you still don’t get your “own” money — instead, your share of up to $1,200 in the first check and up to $600 in the second check was added on to your family’s share

But there may be some good news on the horizon: The current version of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus proposal changes the eligibility rules for a third check, so that all dependents — regardless of age — would be eligible to get up to $1,400 added on to their family’s total payment. It also includes families of mixed-status citizenship, who were excluded from the previous rounds of payments. However, your household’s

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