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CARES Act Stimulous payments

Are the stimulous payments ($1,200/$2,400/etc.) considered as income for 2020 federal and state returns?  If not, is this amount entered anywhere else on the 2020 return?

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Level 9

CARES Act Stimulous payments

As I understand it, the stimulus payment will be tax-free. It may be you have to enter it on the 2020 tax form but you will be given a tax credit for it. Have to wait and see if this is correct when they issue tax forms next year.

Level 15

CARES Act Stimulous payments

It will not be taxable.  As for whether you will need to enter it on your 2020 tax return---guess we wait to see when we prepare and file 2020 tax returns next year in 2021.

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Level 15

CARES Act Stimulous payments

even better than that the stimulus payments are an ESTIMATE of what you are due using the 2018 or 2019 (whichever is available) to do that estimate. 


Then when we all complete the 2020 tax returns in 2021, we will calculate the ACTUAL based on what is on the 2020 tax return.


if that actual  is GREATER THAN what was estimated (eg your income was high in 2018 / 2019 and you didn't get a stimulus check, but low in 2020), you will get that additional rebate when you settle your 2020 tax return.


if that actual is less LESS THAN the estimate, you are not required, by law, to return the excess money. 




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