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maggiebaby2011
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Can I get stimulus check thru 2020 tax return?

I got my 1st and 2nd stimulus check, I have some stimulus check questions for my spouse and my daughter.

1. My daughter is my dependent, but I did not get neither 1st nor 2nd stimulus check for her. Is it because she has an non-valid for work SSN? Can I get her stimulus check thru 2020 tax return?

2. My spouse does not have an SSN or ITIN yet, so we did not get his stimulus checks. He's my dependent, but he's not in the US for more than 1 year due to the pandemic. Can I claim myself as head of household, and add him later by amending my tax return? Or I have to put him into the 2020 tax return, although he cannot get an SSN or ITIN? Can he get his stimulus checks thru 2020 tax return?

It's a complicated situation. Thanks for helping.

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DMarkM1
Expert Alumni

Can I get stimulus check thru 2020 tax return?

The bottom line it appears on all of these situations is you must have a valid social security number to be eligible for the Recovery Rebate Credit on your 2020 tax return.  The dependent child must have one and your spouse must have one to qualify as well. 

 

If your child has a social security number, it is valid for employment unless you received specific documentation that it is not such.

 

Here is a link with more information on the Recovery Rebate Credit.

 

An added note for you, your spouse will not ever be your dependent.  You will need to file as married filing separately or if you have a qualifying dependent and elect to treat your spouse as a non-resident alien, you may be able to file "head of household".  The TurboTax interview questions will help you determine the right status for your situation.  

 

Here is a link to the IRS Publication to help with your filing status questions.

 

 

   

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maggiebaby2011
Level 2

Can I get stimulus check thru 2020 tax return?

So, to double confirm.

1. I have a "valid for work" SSN, but my daughter has a "not valid for employment" SSN, so if I want to get the Recovery Rebate Credit for my daughter, she must have a "valid for employment" SSN.

2. For my spouse, he got the green card last year, but does not have an SSN or ITIN yet. I cannot claim him as a dependent, unless he got either SSN or ITIN. I can only do married filing separately. And what he can do is to file married filing separately when he gets an SSN or ITIN.

Am I right? Thank you.

DMarkM1
Expert Alumni

Can I get stimulus check thru 2020 tax return?

You are correct.  I'll add one more item. 

 

The social security cards must be issued before the due date of the 2020 tax return (15 Apr 2021) or if an extension is requested (15 Oct 2021). 

 

So if you apply and get the social security cards for everyone by one of these dates, you will file Married Filing Jointly with a dependent child giving you all the best tax advantages and eligibility for all the Recovery Rebate Credits.   

 

Here is the link with information on the Recovery Rebate Credit.  

 

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