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Can I move dependents in a MFS return to get an increased stimulus?

mattgutz
Level 3
My clients filed separate in 2019 and received their stimulus.  They will file separate again in 2020.  If I shift the child eligible for the child tax credit to the spouse she will receive an additional Recovery Rebate Credit.  I can't find anything that states we can not do this.  Am I missing something?
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BobKamman
Level 14

As you note, there is no law against it. 

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mattgutz
Level 3

I know!  Just seems like since they received the maximum, there is something I am missing.

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BobKamman
Level 14

Same situation as divorced taxpayers who claim the same dependent every other year.  The EIP3 provisions in ARPA encourage IRS to figure out a way to get around this, but I doubt they can.  

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