There’s always a good reason to file your taxes when the(which is Feb. 12 this year), as opposed to waiting until the April 15 deadline. For example, you’ll get your sooner. However, this year gives you two more motives to start preparations ahead of time for . , you’ll most likely receive your sooner, especially . By filing as early as you can, you’ll also be able to recover any since the Jan. 15 .
At leastwho should’ve been didn’t receive the check they were due — and millions more may not have gotten — because of a . Some folks had problems with , missing money for in general, or .
Whatever your individual situation, we’ll explain how filing early can help you get your(along with a tax refund, if you qualify). Then we’ll show you how to estimate your total and what you need to do to get on your 2020 tax return. In addition, here’s everything to know about , the and when it’s time to or set up a .
Important dates to remember: When you could get the missing stimulus money and your tax refund
Though you can still technically file your taxes by post and request a paper check, the fastest way to get the money you’re owed is to file electronically and have funds. This year, the IRS won’t begin accepting tax returns , making that the soonest you can submit your own (April 15 is the last day to file). The IRS says 90% of filers will receive their refunds in 21 days or sooner, but it could also take even less time than that.
The IRS says itswithin 24 hours of filing, which could include a confirmation that your refund has been issued. From there, it could take anywhere from one to three days for the money to appear in your bank account.
When to expect your tax refund
|If you file on this date||This is the soonest||This is the latest|
|Feb. 12||Feb. 19||March 5|
|March 1||March 8||March 22|
|April 1||April 8||April 22|
|April 15 (last day to file)||April 22||May 6|
|Oct. 15 (last day with extension)||Oct. 22||Nov. 5|
Assuming seven days is the soonest you’d get your combined tax/stimulus refund and 21 days is the longest, we’ve sketched out what a difference filing sooner, rather than later, could make. (There’s more directly below on how to calculate how much money you might get in addition to your.)
How do you know if the IRS owes you a stimulus payment?
To figure out whether and how much money you’re owed from a previous round of stimulus checks, if any, first you have to determine how much you were owed for each previous payment, then subtract from that the amount you actually received (if any).
Here’s how to calculate the payments you were owed:
Next, you’ll want to check your bank account where your payments were deposited to determine the amount. (If you received an balance and transaction history here.) within 15 days of issuing your stimulus check, however it was issued, and that letter should indicate how much money you received. (Here’s what to do .), you can check the
If you no longer have that letter, you canto help you figure out when you received the payment. It’ll also show you the last four digits of the bank account it was deposited into if it was deposited directly.
There’s also a form to help you figure out the amount you’re owed on page 59 of this PDF detailing instructions for 1040 and 1040-SR tax forms, but it’s a doozy to follow.
Why the IRS could owe you money from one or both stimulus checks
There are all kinds of reasons why the IRS might still owe you stimulus check money, including:
How to claim your missing stimulus credit on your taxes
The IRS requires you to fill out either form 1040 or 1040-SR if you’re going to claim a on your 2020 taxes. Once you have the amount you’re owed worked out, you’ll enter it on line 30 of either of those forms (see screenshot). Yes, it’s that simple.
How your missing stimulus check money will be sent to you
If you’re due a refund from the IRS, it’ll include both your full refund amount plus whatever you’re owed from the. In other words, it’ll be bigger. If, however, you owe the IRS money, your Recovery Rebate Credit will be applied to the debt. If the tax credit is more than you owe, you’ll receive the difference as a refund.
Here’s, i.e. you won’t be filing taxes for 2020, and you’re still owed a stimulus check. If you have child dependents, could help put more money in your pocket. And here’s , aka “AGI.”