Recovery Rebate Credits: Excellent Way to Make up for Missed Stimulus Payment

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Recovery Rebate Credits are an excellent method to make up for a stimulus payment you may have missed last year or did not receive in full. For example, you might be eligible for the 2021 recovery rebate credit if you did not receive the total amount of the third stimulus payment. Even if you don’t regularly submit taxes, you must file a tax return for 2021.

Requirements to Claim Recovery Rebate Credits 

The IRS confirmed that recovery rebate credit would be applied to any tax owed in 2021 or included in a tax refund. So, this means either saving money on your tax payment or getting more money back when refund time comes around. 

According to Yahoo Finance, the recovery rebate credit for 2021 differs from that awarded in 2020. The third stimulus and plus-up payments were technically advance costs of the 2021 rebate credit,. It could be collected on a 2021 tax return. The payout amounts differ from those in 2020, with the highest credit of $1,400 per person. Including all qualifying dependents claimed on a tax return,  opposed to $1,400 in 2020. The first stimulus check-in 2020 was $1,200 plus $500 for each qualifying child. While the second check was $600 plus $600 for each qualifying child in 2020.

How to Process via IRS Free File Program 

The IRS Free File Program allows you to file your federal tax return electronically for free if your income is $73,000 or less. Filing your tax return electronically and having it deposited, contactless and free, into your financial account is the quickest way to collect your refund. That means, you’ll need to enter routing and account numbers if you want your refund deposited directly into your bank account, prepaid debit card, or mobile app. Therefore, if  you didn’t receive the total amount of the first and second Economic Impact Payments, you might be entitled to the 2020 Recovery Rebate 

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