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Divorced parents switching kids for stimulus

NYTAxGuy
Level 2

Situation: Two children for a divorced couple.  Ex-wife claims one child in 2019 and gets 1700 for stimulus round 1 and 1200 for stimulus round 2. Ex-husband  makes too much money but claims the other child and gets no stimulus.  On their 2020 tax returns they switch kids. Ex-wife now has child that did not get the 1100 in prior year for ex-husband. In the software can the ex-wife say she only received 1200 for herself for stimulus round 1 and 600 for stimulus round 2 and then get the 1100 for the new child on her return. In other words will IRS know that there is a different child on her return and allow her to say she only received the 1800 , not the actual 2900 she received which included the other child? 

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TAXOH
Level 10
Level 10

No.  Unless she claims both kids she can't get additional stimulus money.

IRonMaN
Level 15

The IRS counts heads, not names, when it comes to the credit.

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