Who counts as a dependent on your taxes and how does that matter for a stimulus check?

If a second stimulus check is approved, you may be eligible for more money based on your Here's how to find out.

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Here’s everything you need to know about finding your dependents on your tax return, and how that could impact a second stimulus payment. (You can also find out how to claim your dependents if they didn’t get the $500 for your dependents with the first stimulus check.

If a child was born or adopted into your family in 2020 and therefore not listed on your 2019 tax return that you filed this year, you can claim them on your 2020 tax return to get the $500 dependent stimulus payment from the CARES Act sometime in 2021.

If a dependent was listed on your last tax return but has since passed away, it’s likely that you were still sent the extra $500, and that they would be included in a second stimulus payment.

If you claimed dependents on your 2019 tax return, you should have received $500 per dependent in the first round of stimulus checks.

In the first round of coronavirus stimulus checks sent out this spring, eligible American adults received up to $1,200 through direct deposit, check or EIP debit card — along with an extra $500 for dependents under age 17.

If a second stimulus check is approved, you may be eligible for more money based on your dependents. Here’s how to find out.

Even if a dependent was claimed on your tax return, they may not have been eligible to receive money from the first round of stimulus checks due to the requirements of the CARES Act.

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Who counts as a dependent on your taxes and how does that matter for a stimulus check?

Who counts as a dependent on your taxes and how does that matter for a stimulus check?

The first stimulus payment under the bipartisan CARES Act passed in March included $500 for dependents aged 16 and younger.

As for final eligibility of who would and wouldn’t count, that won’t come until the House of Representatives and Senate pass another stimulus package or standalone bill that includes a second direct payment. (Here’s how fast another check could come after it passes.

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