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Economic impact payment

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Can a person that was claimed as a dependent in 2019, and, in 2020 this person is filing independently; claim the $1,200 of the 1st economic impact payment that was not received when the person was a dependent?

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Level 15

2020 is the eligible year.  If they no longer qualify as a dependent in 2020 and they didnt get the advances during 2020, then they're entitled to it on the 2020 tax return.

Level 15

They can even claim the second payment for another $600.

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Level 15

Not Claimed and Not Qualified, are not the same.

Perhaps it would help to review what is really happening:

The funds were paid out as Advanced payment against a projection. The projection used 2018 or 2019 tax returns. But 2020 is the 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 entitled to the payment/credit as individual filers. That doesn't mean "not being claimed." It means "no longer qualifies as a dependent."

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

Interactive wizards portal for determining dependency:





One for each EIP.

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@qbteachmt  what's your count for this post ?     Nearly the same as the National Debt number ?

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