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Want your stimulus check or child tax credit faster in 2022? Prepare your taxes to file now

Americans can see their stimulus checks or child tax credits even quicker in 2022 if they file their 2021 taxes now.

The IRS is strongly suggesting taxpayers to prepare their federal tax returns ahead of tax season.

To get your payments faster, opting for direct deposit over a paper check is the best option.

Related: With possible child tax credit changes, Americans might see $3,600 more in stimulus money in 2022


How do you file for child tax credits and stimulus checks?

To claim the remainder of your child tax credits in 2022, you’ll need to know how much you were paid in 2021.

If taxpayers were paid less than what they’re eligible to claim, they can claim that remaining amount on their tax return.

Those that received more than what they qualified for will need to pay back the difference.

Keep your eye out for a Letter 6419 from the IRS, which will detail what you were paid in 2021.

Related: Thousands are eligible to claim stimulus payments worth $500 next week, are you one of them?


For stimulus checks, if you did not qualify for the third check then you may be eligible for a recovery rebate credit.

To claim the credit you must file your 2021 taxes.

To know the correct amount of your 2021 rebate, you need any stimulus check and plus up payment amounts to file for the correct amount.

A Letter 6475 will be sent to filers detailing their stimulus payment information for 2021.

Related: Who can claim a $1,400 stimulus check on their taxes in 2022?


2020 taxes were due by April 15, but were extended.

If you needed a longer extension you could request it and turn taxes in by Oct. 15.

The tax deadline for next year is still April 15, 2022, though that could be extended due to the pandemic.



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