For parents with joint custody arrangements, child support is just one more complication in their personaland . And making things even more confusing: The rules around the have changed , closing a loophole that allowed some families to “double dip” (that is, both parents receiving their own dependent payment for the same child), among other major changes.
But it’s not all bad for report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. That’s on top of the for qualifying individuals and the new bill’s , which could see many families receiving much more money this time around.. The includes a big expansion to the that could reduce child poverty by 40%, according to a
Here’s everything we know right now, including, and what to do if your . (Plus, could there be a ?) Read on as we sort out and explain the complicated details around child support situations and stimulus checks.
Is the loophole for joint custody stimulus checks closed for the third payment?
Many parents who aren’t married and share joint custody of their children actually received two payments for the same child during the first round of stimulus checks, if they alternated years claiming those children on their taxes. In other words, if one parent claimed a child in an even year and the other in an odd year, both could receive checks for that child. That’s because the IRS looked at two different tax years — 2018 and 2019 — to determine eligibility for the first check.
For the second stimulus check, the IRS only looked to 2019 tax returns, but that doesn’t mean the double-dipping loophole was closed entirely. If you’re a parent in a joint-custody scenario like the one above and you typically claim a dependent child in odd-numbered tax years, you may be able to get a duplicate $600 child dependent payment as aand claim the child on your tax return, similar to what you’d do if you did not receive a second stimulus check despite being eligible for one.
That loophole could be closed off in the new stimulus bill that authorizes the third check. According to Andy Phillips, director at The Tax Institute at H&R Block, parents who aren’t married to each other and who alternate custody of an eligible dependent might not both qualify to receive stimulus money for the same dependent this time around.
Phillips said because of guidelines Congress included in the new law, “it’s possible that if an advance payment is received by one parent for the dependent, no additional payment can be made for the same dependent on the other parent’s return (by claiming the Recovery Rebate Credit).” Phillips said the Treasury Department is expected to issue guidance on this situation.
How is child support connected to the third stimulus check?
With the third check, if you’re past due on child support, you can still receive your full stimulus payment. It. This holds true for any past-due federal or state debts: Your third payment is not subject to reduction or offset. However, private debt collectors may be able to redirect your payment to cover a debt.
Also, the IRS can withhold all or part of a stimulus payment if you’re claiming it as when you file your taxes. An independent taxpayer advocacy group within the IRS is working with the agency to address this issue.
New dependent guidelines open up eligibility for stimulus money
What to know about the Child Tax Credit
The CNBC, parents of dependent children may be able to use the same even/odd tax filing method to both receive payments. The US Treasury and IRS have not yet offered guidance on how they will administer advanced payments to parents in split custody arrangements, CNBC said.will distribute payments of up to $3,600 per child to tax holders who qualify for the income threshold. According to
How other eligibility adjustments affect your stimulus check
Thewhich means that . The checks come with a , so that if you make above a certain amount — say, $120,000 as a head of household — you wouldn’t be , even if you have multiple dependents. The date , and when the IRS processes that payment, could also play a significant role in whether or not you’d receive a full or partial payment, or maybe none.
For more, here’s everything to know about for up to and how to .
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