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IRS: You might have to pay back your stimulus check

Millions of Americans got stimulus checks in 2021.

you might have to pay your stimulus check back to the IRS

However, you may have to pay it back if you fall into one of these categories.

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1. You got too much money

To get the full$1,400 stimulus payment, you must’ve been making $75,000 or less and $150,000 for couples. Overpayments will have to be paid back to the IRS. Read more about it here.

2.You got a check for someone who died

If you received a stimulus check for a dead spouse, you may be required to repay. The first round of checks were based on the 2018 and 2019 tax returns.

3. Non-citizens

If you paid taxes in 2021 and met the income requirement you may have received a check. However, non-US-citizens or nonresidents are not eligible. If you fall into this category and received a check, you may have to repay it.

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4. Non-residents

If you got a stimulus check, but are not a resident of the US, you’ll likely have to repay it. You can check your tax residency status with the IRS to be sure.

5. Accidental extra checks

The IRS accidently sent additional checks to people who already received them. It was likely the result of a math error.


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