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Will I receive the extra $500 stimulus money for children age 17 or older?

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No. The CARES Act uses the tax code definition of a child, which means to qualify, any child you claim as a dependent on your taxes must be under 17 years of age as of the end of 2019.

However, they could receive the $1,200 stimulus amount as a tax credit next year if you do not claim them as a dependent for 2020 and if they file their own individual tax return.

If your child, age 17 or older, files his or her own taxes, they will not receive a stimulus payment as long as you are claiming them as a dependent; their “Dependent of Another” status disqualifies them from receiving payment.

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