Tax season may notfor the IRS, but there are two reasons to get your paperwork done as soon as possible — and neither involves a . First, you can prepare yourself for faster delivery of a ( ) by . And second, the earlier you file, the quicker you can recover any .
Many people who wereeither didn’t receive any or didn’t get , for a clerical error or some other purpose. For example, if you , you may not have received a first stimulus check for $1,200. Also, if you with someone who isn’t your current spouse — and you take turns claiming that on every other year’s taxes — both parents are entitled to for that child dependent, but only one may have received the money.
First, we’ll take a look at how filing early will help get any(and any tax refund, too). Then we’ll show you how to find out if you’re owed stimulus check money and what you need to do to get it in the on your 2020 tax return. For more information about direct payments in general, here’s everything to know about , the and when it’s time to or set up a .
How soon can I can get my stimulus money and tax refund if I file early?
Although you can still technically file your taxes by post and request a paper check, the fastest way to get money you’re owed is to file electronically and have funds. This year, the IRS won’t begin accepting tax returns , making that the soonest you can submit your own (April 15 is the last day to file). The IRS says 90% of filers will receive their refunds in 21 days or sooner, but it could also take even less time than that.
The IRS says its Where’s My Refund tool will reflect the status of your refund within 24 hours of filing, which could include a confirmation that your refund has been issued. From there, it could take anywhere from one to three days for the money to appear in your bank account.
Assuming seven days is the soonest you’d get your combined tax/stimulus refund and 21 days is the longest, we’ve sketched out what a difference filing sooner, rather than later, could make. (There’s more directly below on how to calculate how much money you might get in addition to your.)
When to expect your tax refund
|If you file on this date||This is the soonest||This is the latest|
|Feb. 12||Feb. 19||March 5|
|March 1||March 8||March 22|
|April 1||April 8||April 22|
|April 15 (last day to file)||April 22||May 6|
|Oct. 15 (last day with extension)||Oct. 22||Nov. 5|
Does the IRS still owe you a stimulus payment? How to find out
To figure out whether and how much money you’re owed from a previous round of stimulus checks, if any, first you have to determine how much you were owed for each previous payment, then subtract from that the amount you actually received (if any).
Here’s how to calculate the payments you were owed:
Next, you’ll want to check your bank account where your payments were deposited to determine the amount. (If you received an balance and transaction history here.) The IRS should’ve sent you a letter within 15 days of issuing your stimulus check, however it was issued, and that letter should indicate how much money you received. If you no longer have that letter, you can to help you figure out when you received the payment. It’ll also show you the last four digits of the bank account it was deposited into if it was deposited directly., you can check the
There’s also a form to help you figure out the amount you’re owed on page 59 of this PDF detailing instructions for 1040 and 1040-SR tax forms, but it’s a doozy to follow.
Five reasons the IRS might owe you money from the first or second stimulus check
There are all kinds of reasons why the IRS might still owe you stimulus check money, including:
How to claim a Recovery Rebate Credit when you file taxes
The IRS requires you to fill out either form 1040 or 1040-SR if you’re going to claim a on your 2020 taxes. Once you have the amount you’re owed worked out, you’ll enter it on line 30 of either of those forms (see screenshot). Yes, it’s that simple.
How your missing stimulus payment will arrive
If you’re due a refund from the IRS, it’ll include both your full refund amount plus whatever you’re owed from the. In other words, it’ll be bigger. If, however, you owe the IRS money, your Recovery Rebate Credit will be applied to the debt. If the tax credit is more than you owe, you’ll receive the difference as a refund.
Here’s, i.e. you won’t be filing taxes for 2020, and you’re still owed a stimulus check. If you have child dependents, could help put more money in your pocket. And here’s , aka “AGI.”