Reedley, CA asked in Tax Law and Gov & Administrative Law for California

Q: MY dad used me as a dependent for 2018,and he is not going to use me as a dependent 2019,can I qualify for stimulus 2020

My app got rejected by the stimulus program because my Dad use me for 2018 and I won't be dependent for 2019, But does he need to file 2019 without as a me as a dependant, in order for me to qualify for new stimulus?

2 Lawyer Answers

A: No one knows because the IRS rules are still in flux. I do know that unless you are over 18 you will not be eligible.

Paul Martin Vargas
Paul Martin Vargas
  • Tax Law Lawyer
  • Hermosa Beach, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Hi. You can file 2019 tax return not as anyone's dependent assuming your father did not already file with you as a dependent. You "should" be able to get the stimulus if you meet the qualifications. If you are willing, you can also include your bank account information on the return as it has been said (while not sure if it is 100% fact) that taxpayers receive their stimulus checks faster with direct deposit.

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