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If my ex and I alternate years to claim a dependent, who gets the stimulus check?

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Whoever claimed the dependent on their 2019 taxes should have received the stimulus checks, or economic impact payments (EIP). However, the spouse who claims the child on a 2020 tax return may also be able to claim both of the additional stimulus payments ($500 for EIP1 and $600 for EIP2) via the Recovery Rebate Credit (RRC).

Only the parent who claims the child on their 2020 tax return can claim the child-qualifying portion of the RRC. The dependent must also be age 16 or younger for the entirety of 2020 for you to claim the credit.

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