Who can get the $1,400 stimulus check and how do they claim it on their 2021 taxes?

Americans have received federal stimulus since the start of the pandemic.

In all there have been three checks from the government for families.

The first payments were worth $1,200, the second were worth $600, and the most recent ones were worth $1,400.

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What groups of people are owed a $1,400 payment?

Families with children were able to get an additional $1,400 per child.

The IRS sent these checks to families based on previous tax returns.

This means if you had a baby in 2021, the IRS is unaware and did not send you a check you were actually entitled to.

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In order to get the payment, parents need to claim in on their 2021 tax return next year.

People living abroad are another group that may have missed out on stimulus checks.

If you lived outside of the country during the time checks were sent, check with a tax professional to see if you missed one when you file your 2021 taxes.

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You still need to meet the requirements to be eligible for these payments like everyone else when they received them.

This means to qualify, you need to file a tax return.

You need to have an income under $75,000 if single and $150,000 if you file jointly.

Income beyond that point causes the $1,400 to start to phase out.


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