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bwinzenried
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Stimulus payment

Do I have to claim my second stimulus check on my 2020 taxes even though I received it in 2021?

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xmasbaby0
Level 15

Stimulus payment

Congress passed the 2nd stimulus bill at the end of 2020. Both stimulus checks were an advance credit for your 2020 tax return,  The 2nd stimulus checks started going out at the very end of December 2020 and continued into early January 2021.  When you fill out the recovery rebate credit it is important for you to enter the entire total of the amount you have received for yourself, your spouse, and your dependent children so far.   Entering the wrong amount might delay your 2020 refund.

 

It should help you if you bear in mind that the purpose of the question is to determine if you have already received the amounts you should have received.

**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.**
VolvoGirl
Level 15

Stimulus payment

Yes a payment you got in January or February 2021 is an Advance and based on your 2020 return.  Enter the second Stimulus payment on your 2020 return now.  The year you got it doesn't matter.  If you don't report it Turbo Tax will give it to you again, which would be wrong and double.  The Stimulus entry screen says the second one is between Dec 2020 and Jan 2021 so you should include any payments you received in January and February.

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