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Recovery Rebate - Dependent portion not calculating

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Taxpayers are MFJ with one dependent.

They recevie 1200+1200 for 1st stimulus, 600+600 for 2nd stimulus.

I entered on screen 38.2  1200 husband and 1200 wife for 1st stimulus....600 husband and 600 wife for 2nd stimulus.   I am expecting a 1100 recovery rebate credit for the dependent.   But Lacerte doesn't calculate.  I looked at the worksheet, nothing, all zero.  

What am I doing wrong?

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How old is the kid?

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"Taxpayers are MFJ with one dependent."

What you didn't state here is...Qualifying Dependent.

Perhaps it would help to review what is really happening for EIP “stimulus” funds: The funds were paid out as Advanced payment against a projection. The first two payouts were projected based on 2018 or 2019 tax returns, but the eligibility is part of tax year 2020 as Actuals. You use the 2020 return to reconcile what a person is entitled to, against what they got.

If the person is not a dependent in 2020, then they would be eligible for consideration as individual filers. That doesn't mean "not being claimed." It means "no longer qualifies as a dependent." You must correctly address whether they Can be Claimed as a dependent on someone else’s tax return.

The third payout which started in Jan 2021, has different eligibility rules as to dependents and this payout is a projection, using 2019 or 2020 tax returns, then reconciled against Actuals on the 2021 tax return.

You might want to bookmark these links and read the IRS guidance.

Interactive wizards portal includes one for determining dependency:






One for each of the three EIP “stimulus” payments.

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You need to indicate a relationship on screen 2. My return was doing the same thing.

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