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Stimulus Question

Hello! So I have a question regarding the stimulus question on the 2020 taxes. 


Situation - My girlfriend has been claiming our son for the last 4 years. So when they sent out the stimulus checks she obviously got the stimulus for herself and our son. 


Our daughter was born on 4/21/2020, so she wasn't on our 2019 taxes. So we didn't get the stimulus for her yet. 


Question - If I claim our son this year, and she claims our daughter like we had planned how would I answer the stimulus question on how much money we've received? Because if I say x(x being herself and my son) amount while filing my girlfriends taxes will she not get the stimulus for my daughter that neither of us have received? And if I'm claiming my son, which already received stimulus money through his mom how would I answer that question? 



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Opus 17
Level 15

Stimulus Question

If you want to maximize your recovery rebate, you should claim both of your children this year. This of course is assuming that the children lived with you at least half the year (such as because you and your partner live together).  This is perfectly legal and a result of the way the credit is written into the tax law. The recovery rebate is based on how you file your tax return now. If your girlfriend claimed your child last year, and the IRS use that information to make an advance payment, but you claim the child now, you will get a current payment and your girlfriend will not have to repay the advance payment.  If your girlfriend were to claim the newborn but not the four-year-old, your girlfriend would not receive any additional money for the newborn, because the IRS calculates the credit based on the number of dependents and not who they are.  If your girlfriend claimed both children on her tax return, she would get a stimulus payment for one additional child, but if you claim both children on your tax return, you would get an additional credit for both children.

*Answers are correct to the best of my ability at the time of posting but do not constitute legal or tax advice.*
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Stimulus Question

That is amazing advice, and a great idea! Thank you! 

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