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Taxpayer claimed as dependent in 2019. Can he claim the 1st/2nd stimulus in 2020 income tax return?

Orlando B
Level 2

Taxpayer claimed as dependent in 2019. He didn't receive the 1st nor 2nd stimulus money nor his parents?  He will file as Single in 2020.  Can he claim the 1st/2nd stimulus on his 2020 income tax return?

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qbteachmt
Level 15

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:

https://www.irs.gov/help/ita

And:

https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/economic-impact-payment-information-center-topic-a-eip-eligibility

https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/second-eip-faqs#Eligibility

One for each EIP.

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sjrcpa
Level 15

Is he legitimately not eligible to be claimed as a dependent in 2020? (regardless of whether or not he is claimed as a dependent)


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Orlando B
Level 2

 For sure not eligible to be claimed as a dependent in 2020.

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qbteachmt
Level 15

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:

https://www.irs.gov/help/ita

And:

https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/economic-impact-payment-information-center-topic-a-eip-eligibility

https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/second-eip-faqs#Eligibility

One for each EIP.

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"Level Up" is a gaming function, not a real life function.

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