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

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Updated for filing 2021 tax returns

The parent who had most recently claimed the dependent (via taxes or an update portal) would have gotten the third stimulus payment (EIP3) in early 2021. However, the parent who claims the dependent on their 2021 tax return can claim the Recovery Rebate Credit (RRC) for any missing EIP3 funds.

For more info, including details from the first and second stimulus payments, see our page on stimulus payment qualification.

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