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Recovery Rebate Credit - Alternating Dependent

Level 1

Mother and Father are divorced.  They alternate claiming the dependent child.  In 2019 the father claimed the child and received the 1st and 2nd stimulus for the child ($500 and $600 respectively).  In 2020 the mother will be claiming the child.  Will she be able to collect a recovery rebate credit for the same child?  The system asks the amount she actual received ($1200 and $600 for herself only) - it then allows her to also receive the $500 and $600 recovery rebate for the same child.  Is this how it was intended to happen?

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Level 15

That's how it works, but you would have to ask our friends in Washington if it really was "intended".

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Point well made. lol!