Second stimulus check – How to get $600 Extra

Second stimulus check – How to get $600 Extra

For both the first and second stimulus bills, some parents received duplicate payments for the same dependent child, although the rules were slightly different.

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The rules for the second stimulus check changed with the $900 billion stimulus bill from December, including for people who owe and receive child support. Unlike in the first round of payments, past-due child support, aka “arrears” or “arrearage,” can’t be deducted from your second stimulus check .

One thing that didn’t change in the eligibility rules for the second stimulus check is the definition of a child dependent as 16 years old or under (this may change with the next stimulus check). However, the December bill authorized payments of $600 for each child as part of the household’s total, $100 more than you got last March.

Is it possible for both parents to get a $600 check per child if they have joint custody?

For the second stimulus check, the IRS only looked to 2019 tax returns, but that doesn’t mean the double-dipping loophole has been closed up entirely. If you’re a parent in a joint custody scenario like the one above and you typically claim a dependent child in odd-numbered tax years, you may be able to get a duplicate $600 child dependent payment as a tax credit when you file and claim the child on your 2019 tax return, similar to what you’d do if you did not receive a second stimulus check despite being eligible for one.


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