The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has started taking tax returns for the 2021 filing season. For many Americans, this tax season will be unusual since the federal government may owe them COVID-19 stimulus checks.
While most of the money has already been paid to people’s bank accounts by check or direct deposit, not everyone in the United States has received their money. Those who haven’t may be able to collect the stimulus check owed to them when they file their taxes.
You May Be Eligible To Get More Stimulus Checks
The Child Tax Credit was worth up to $2,000 per qualified child until 2021, with up to $1,400 of the money being refundable. That implies that if people don’t owe the whole $2,000 in federal taxes, they can only earn a maximum refund of $1,400 if their tax burden is less than that.
The American Rescue Plan Act, however, modified the restrictions for the 2021 tax year. The Child Tax Credit has been increased to $3,600 for children under the age of six and $3,000 for children aged six and over. And because the entire amount is entirely refundable, even individuals who don’t pay much in federal taxes may be eligible for up to $3,600 per kid from the IRS.
The American Rescue Plan Act also included $1,400 in stimulus checks for adults and their dependents. The IRS examines tax returns to determine how many dependents they have. However, while computing the size of the stimulus payment and the Child Tax Credit, the agency utilized records from previous years to establish how many dependents each taxpayer had.
As a result, anyone who added a dependant who wasn’t disclosed during the 2020 tax year missed out on the tax credit as well as the $1,400 payout. When submitting their 2021 tax return, these parents may claim their new kid as a dependant and get up to $5,000.
You may not have gotten all or all of your stimulus cash if your income dropped in 2021, and you slipped below the qualifying limitations last year but not in previous years. If that’s the case, you’ll be able to collect the unclaimed stimulus checks in 2022. The IRS would not have been able to give you a payment if you hadn’t filed a recent tax return or filled out an online form providing them with your information.
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