Did you get the right stimulus check amount? You need to know before tax season begins
If you didn't receive the correct amount of your up-to-$600 per person stimulus payment, you can claim the difference with the IRS. Our calculator can help you estimate the amount you should've received, so you can go from there.
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The number of child dependents age 16 and younger that you claim. Remember, a single taxpayer has no dependents, and a head of household does not file jointly with a spouse and claims at least one dependent.
CNET's stimulus calculator follows the same formula the IRS uses to tabulate your household's stimulus payment. The result should be considered an estimate, not a guarantee of the IRS' final check to you. This calculator tool will not store or share your personal information.
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The IRS automatically sent the $600 second stimulus checks to recipients, which is a double-sided coin. On the one hand, you weren't required to do anything to receive it, but on the other, there was no way to correct an error.
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Brush up on what the second stimulus check qualifications are
One interesting change was that the shift from a $1,200 check to a $600 check also disqualifies some households by lowering the income limit. The chart below demonstrates how, as you reach the upper AGI limit, the amount you're owed will decrease.
$600 second stimulus check income limits
AGI to receive full amount (Both stimulus checks)
Second stimulus check upper income limit (AGI)
First stimulus check upper income limit (AGI)
Single tax filer
Head of household
Married, filing jointly
Here's our guide for a refresher on all the stimulus check qualifications. Remember, any dependent child under age 17 counts for an additional $600. Also, if you don't qualify for a second stimulus check based on 2019 data but you would qualify based on your 2020 financial situation, you will not receive a second check this year. However, you can get that amount as a credit against your 2020 taxes.
If you qualify based on 2019 tax information but will be over the limit in 2020, you should have received a second check and do not need to repay it. Here are situations where you do need to return money to the IRS.