Do I Qualify for a Stimulus Check?

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A question by Alex :  I’m a 19 year old college student currently living at home due to my dorm closing. I worked a job and filed my taxes for 2019, but I do believe that I’m still a dependent. Will I be getting a stimulus check? From what I see, only dependents under 16 get one which is dumb. What is a 15 year old doing with $500 that a college student can’t use for their expenses??

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“Dependents don’t get checks on their own–their PARENTS get an allowance for each child added to their base payment of $1200 or $2400. If you filed taxes, you can go to the IRS website to see if you are eligible and will receive a payment based on your OWN tax return. (It doesn’t matter where you live.) The web address for this is https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment You will need information from your 2019 return, such as your Adjusted Gross Income and refund or tax payment amount, as well as personal information such as SSN, address, and date of birth. The website may be difficult to get working–so be VERY PATIENT. It’s overwhelmed. It will tell you if you are eligible, if they have your direct deposit information and if they don’t have it, you will be able to enter it on that same site..”

Christin K

“No. Dependents do not get stimulus checks. No dependents get stimulus checks, at any age.Dependents over 16 don’t get one and dependents under 16 don’t get one. The $500 does not to to the dependent. It goes to the parent who claims the dependent. It is added to the stimulus check of the parent who claims the dependent. It is not a separate check and it does not go to the dependent..”

StephenWeinstein

“If you can be claimed as a dependent, you cannot receive a stimulus payment. “From what I see, only dependents under 16 get one….” Being in college, you need to read more analytically. No dependents get a stimulus check. Rather, taxpayers who have dependents under the age of 17 get $500 more for each such dependent..”

“No Dependents do not qualify. People under 17 are not getting $500. Their parents/guardians are getting the $500 for them..”

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  1. helpmeout

    Hey everyone, I heard there might be some cash help from the IRS for drivers during the pandemic in 2020 and 2021. I’m totally in the dark about when it started and when it’s ending. I’ve been searching everywhere, but I can’t find this info. Is this thing for real, and if it is, how do I go about getting it? Any help would be awesome.

    1. Alexandre Laurent

      I couldn’t find any evidence that the IRS is offering a stimulus check specifically for drivers during the pandemic

  2. DeezTings

    I haven’t received any of the stimulus checks for the years 2020 and 2021, despite having filed my 2018 tax return, which, to the best of my knowledge, should make me eligible. My 2018 return reflects my income, which was predominantly from my time in grad school and not substantial. Is there any action I should take at this point to address this issue?

    1. Alexandre Laurent

      There appear to be two potential avenues to address this situation, though it’s important to note that I am not a tax professional, so conducting your own due diligence is recommended. In both cases, the initial step is to establish and review your online IRS.gov account. Verify whether you were supposed to have received the stimulus payments by logging in and accessing your tax records, where you’ll find Economic Payment information on the right side.

      Contact the IRS and determine which financial company was responsible for handling your Economic Impact Payment (EIP) cards. Please be prepared for a potentially extended process, as it took me six months to obtain a response from the IRS. Once you identify the handling financial company, reach out to them to ascertain whether the EIP card was mailed but never activated, or if it was, unfortunately, intercepted and fraudulently activated, as has been reported by numerous individuals in this community. Then, navigate through the company’s protocol for addressing fraudulent activities. Regrettably, the odds of a favorable resolution may be slim based on the experiences of others in this subreddit. Hopefully, the issue can be resolved relatively easily through a card reissue, which may require re-verification of certain details and an address update.

      The second approach is somewhat more ambiguous as it hinges on your tax return. For the 2021 return, the 1040 form included a line 30 designated as “recovery rebate credit,” where you were expected to enter the amounts of the missing payments. However, this line is not present on the 2022 1040 return form. According to available information, you can still file for the 2022 tax year using GetYourRefund.org, although I personally haven’t gone through this process as I haven’t filed my taxes for the most recent year. This option is generally easier, and some may opt for it, given the significant issues associated with Money Network and other financial companies responsible for EIP cards, which have experienced substantial theft within their systems. While the second method is more straightforward, it essentially requires you to set aside your knowledge of the first option.

  3. BOY90

    Hey there, fam! 🤑 So, here’s the deal – I was a dependent in 2019 and 2020, but in 2021, I finally hit that magical 24 years old mark. However, my parents still got that third stimulus check listing me as a dependent. 🤨 My dad swears he didn’t claim me on his taxes in 2021, but you know how that goes.

    Now, I’ve heard through the grapevine that this stimulus rebate stuff is based on the 2021 taxes and not the 2022 ones. So, if I hustle and file my taxes right now, can I get in on that action? 💰 And when should I expect the IRS to slide into my mailbox with some news about this? 📬 Let me know, fam! 🙌 #StimulusCheckDrama #TaxSeasonHustle 💸📆

    1. Alexandre Laurent

      Certainly, let’s approach this from a professional standpoint.

      The eligibility for the Economic Impact Payment (EIP) or stimulus check, particularly the third one (EIP 3), depends on whether you can be claimed as a dependent. Given that you turned 24 in 2021, there are two critical factors to consider:

      1. Your income in 2021: If you report no income for the year, this indicates financial dependence.

      2. The extent to which someone provided for more than half of your support throughout the year: In your case, living with your parents without paying rent suggests substantial financial support.

      It’s essential to clarify that eligibility is determined based on the IRS rules regarding whether you *can* be claimed as a dependent, rather than whether you were actually claimed. Regardless of whether your parents claimed you in 2021, you meet the criteria for being claimed as a dependent.

      Hence, regrettably, you may not be eligible for the stimulus payment, regardless of the actions taken on your parents’ tax return. If you have further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask.


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