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What are the eligibility rules for the Recovery Rebate Credit?

SOLVEDby TurboTax4563Updated January 25, 2022

To claim the Recovery Rebate Credit, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Must be owed an additional amount based on the information in this year’s 2021 Tax Filing. The maximum amount is $1,400 ($2,800 if married filing jointly) plus $1,400 for each qualifying dependent
  • Must be a US citizen or US resident alien
  • Have a valid Social Security number
  • Can’t be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s 2021 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, payments were phased out or reduced. This means filers didn't receive any payment if their AGI was at least:

  • $160,000 if married and filing a joint return
  • $160,000 if filing as a Qualifying Widow or Widower
  • $120,000 if filing as Head of Household
  • $80,000 for any other filing status

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