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atay3578
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If I never file my taxes and I didn't get my 2020 stimulus or my 2021 stimulus how do I get it now and how long do I have to get it

I know for 2021 you can do a free return and skip the income portion and claim your stimulus there but is today the last day for that and for 2020 some say you have to file a return just like 2021 and then some say there is a rebate recovery form you fill out. I am so confused and how long do you have for that too
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If I never file my taxes and I didn't get my 2020 stimulus or my 2021 stimulus how do I get it now and how long do I have to get it

The first EIP --or stimulus check--- was issued in 2020  It was for $1200 for adults and $500 for a dependent under the age of 17.   The IRS used information from either your 2019 or 2020 tax return to issue those checks so they could send them out in a hurry.

 

The 2nd EIP or stimulus was issued in late 2020 or early 2021 and was $600 for adults and $600 for dependents under age 17.

 

If you did not receive the 1st and/or 2nd stimulus check you can get it by filing a 2020 tax return and using the recovery rebate credit in Federal Review.   It will end up on line 30 of a 2020 tax return and will be added to your refund (or reduce your tax due).

 

The 3rd EIP--or stimulus check-- was sent out in mid-March or later in 2021 and was for $1400 per person--adults and dependents no age limit.

 

If you did not get the 3rd EIP payment you can get it by filing a 2021 tax return and using the recovery rebate credit in Federal Review.   The credit will go on line 30 of your Form 1040 and will add to your refund (or reduce your tax due).

 

 

Online preparation and e-filing for 2018 and 2019 and 2020 is permanently closed.

To file a return for a prior tax year

 If you need to prepare a return for 2018, 2019 or 2020 you can purchase and download desktop software to do it, then print, sign,  and mail the return(s)

https://turbotax.intuit.com/personal-taxes/past-years-products/

You may also want to explore purchasing the software from various retailers such as Amazon, Costco, Best Buy, Walmart, Sam’s, etc.

 

Remember to prepare your state return as well—if you live in a state that has a state income tax.

 

https://ttlc.intuit.com/community/state-taxes/help/how-do-i-contact-my-state-department-of-revenue/0... 

 

When you mail a tax return, you need to attach any documents showing tax withheld, such as your W-2’s or any 1099’s.  Use a mailing service that will track it, such as UPS or certified mail so you will know the IRS/state received the return.

Federal and state returns must be in separate envelopes and they are mailed to different addresses.  Read the mailing instructions that print with your tax return carefully so you mail them to the right addresses.

 

Note:  The desktop software you need to prepare the prior year return must be installed/downloaded to a full PC or Mac.  It cannot be used on a mobile device.

 

 

 

Or.....use the paper forms for 2020 and fill it out by hand to mail in.

2020

 

https://www.irs.gov/instructions/i1040gi

 

https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-prior/f1040--2020.pdf

 

https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-prior/f1040s1--2020.pdf

 

https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-prior/f1040s2--2020.pdf

 

https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-prior/f1040s3--2020.pdf

 

 

**Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to offer the most correct information possible. The poster disclaims any legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information that is contained in this post.**
KrisD15
Employee Tax Expert

If I never file my taxes and I didn't get my 2020 stimulus or my 2021 stimulus how do I get it now and how long do I have to get it

Missing First and Second stimulus can only be claimed on a 2020 tax return (or amended return) 

Missing Third stimulus can only be claimed on the 2021 return.

 

Today is the last day to file and avoid a penalty and/or interest if you owe tax.

 

The Recovery Rebate Form is part of the tax returns, it is not a separate form. 

 

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