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What are the eligibility rules for the Recovery Rebate Credit?

To claim the Recovery Rebate Credit, you

  • Must be owed an additional amount based on the information in this year’s 2020 Tax Filing. The maximum amounts are:
    • First payment: $1,200 ($2,400 if married filing jointly for 2020) plus $500 for each qualifying child you had in 2020; and
    • Second payment: $600 ($1,200 if married filing jointly for 2020) plus $600 for each qualifying child you had in 2020
  • Must be a US citizen or US resident alien,
  • Have a valid Social Security number, and
  • You can’t have been claimed as a dependent on someone else’s 2020 tax return

In general, taxpayers without an eligible Social Security number aren't eligible for the credit. But, married taxpayers filing jointly where one spouse has a Social Security number and one spouse doesn't, are eligible.

There are also AGI limits to receive the full amount of the credit. Your adjusted gross income (AGI) must be below,

  • $75,000 for individuals
  • $112,500 for heads of household
  • $150,000 for married, joint filers

For filers with income above those amounts, the credit amount is reduced by $5 for each $100 above the $75,000/$112,500/$150,000 thresholds. This means:

  • An individual without children won't receive any credit if their AGI exceeds $87,000
  • A couple without children won't receive any credit if their AGI exceeds $174,000
  • A family of four won't receive any credit if their AGI exceeds $198,000

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