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