Some people in the United States have been able to start off 2022 in a great way by collecting a $1,400 stimulus check payment, but in order to receive it there’s specific criteria that needs to be followed. Here, in this guide, we explain all you need to know.
According to the U.S. Government, parents of newborns, foster, or adopted children (2021-2022) will have a stimulus check benefit in 2022. Part of the government help will go to either a new dependent or a parent of a child who was born in 2021.
This latest $1,400 stimulus check will come as a major relief to many people across the US and we’ll explain below all you need to know in order to work out if you can claim this check in 2022 and how to do so.
Why is there another check happening?
All these new economic measures are part of the new American Rescue Plan, which made $1,400 payments available for individuals and their dependent children.
Another stimulus payment?
Most people have already had their full payment come in, but those who had eligible children in 2021 are able to claim the Recovery Rebate Credit on their next tax return.
The Economic Impact Payments, otherwise referred to as stimulus checks, were sent out during 2021 and these are advance payments of the Recovery Rebate Credit.
If you did not receive the full amount you were expecting by December 31, you can claim the remainder of the money when you submit your taxes in 2022.
Given that the 2021 Economic Impact Payments were calculated off of a person’s 2020 or 2019 return, any eligible dependents who became a member of the family in 2021 will not have been included in the calculation nor the payment.
Will every State be giving these checks?
Every State will be receiving a Federal budget to administrate these funds, but it will solely depend on each State’s Administration to decide how to spend these funds and which different benefits will be part of this plan.
Qualifying for Recovery Rebate Credit
Should you qualify for the Recovery Rebate Credit, you are able to claim the child on your 2021 tax return, which will be completed in 2022.
Those who qualify for an additional payment via the American Rescue Plan will be able to have the credit arrive as part of their 2021 refund.
In order to qualify, dependents must be under 19 at the end of the year unless they are a student, or any age but are permanently disabled. In addition, the dependent must be a child, brother, sister, foster child, stepbrother, stepsister, half-brother or half-sister, or a descendent of any of them.
There are some income requirements that must be met to receive the Recovery Rebate Credit payment, though, as taxpayers can receive the full amount if they have an adjusted gross income under $75,000, or an income of $150,000 and are married and filing jointly.
IRS plus-up payments
The plus-up payments are additional stimulus checks that are sent out to people who were sent a stimulus check based on their 2019 tax return or information that was on the Social Security Administration’s system.
If you are a taxpayer in the USA whose income was lower in 2020 than it was in 2019, then you are eligible to receive what is being referred to as a plus-up payment.