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Will there be a fourth stimulus payment after Stimulus One, Economic Impact Payment Two, and Stimulus Three?

In March of 2020, President Trump signed into law Stimulus One and, in December 2020, Stimulus Two. If you did not get Stimulus 1 and/or 2, you can claim these missed payments on your 2020 Tax Return as the Recovery Rebate Credit. These payments are defined as fully refundable tax credits. The time to e-file a 2020 Return has passed; see how to prepare a previous year return to claim your payments if you never received them. e-File your 2021 Return on eFile.com to claim the Stimulus 3 payment if you did not receive it or the full amount. We are currently waiting to see if a fourth stimulus payment may be issued before the end of the year and if it will be claimed on the 2021 Return as well.

In March 2021, President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and Stimulus 3. You can check the status of the third stimulus payment online:

Get Your Stimulus Payment Status

Track Stimulus Payment by EIP Card

Note: the current IRS "Get My Payment" tool will only show the most recently issued stimulus payment.

What is Stimulus Four?

In summer of 2021, President Biden introduced the Build Back Better economic program which included the American Jobs Plan and the American Families Plan. A 4th stimulus payment was rumored to potentially be part of any of the plans - see other tax rumors. These bills may include other tax breaks and changes, like the potential extension of the advance Child Tax Credit of 2021. Details of these proposals have not been made public; we will post updates here as they become available. Biden's new tax plan may bring many changes that will be detailed on this page as they are signed into law.

Important: these payments were to be issued on the tax return information the IRS has on record for you. It is best that you had filed a 2020 Tax Return to get all of your information so the IRS could have issued these payments. The third and potential fourth payments were not included on the 2020 Return, but filing one gave the IRS the necessary information to issue these payments. Sign up for a free eFile.com account and file your 2021 Return to claim your third and potential fourth stimulus as part of the Recovery Rebate Credit as well as other tax credits you are entitled to with the correct amount you are owed. The third and possible fourth stimulus payments were advance payments of the 2021 Recovery Rebate Credit similarly to how the first and second were advance payments of the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit.

See an overview of all stimulus packages and payments.

Do I Have to File a 2020 or 2021 Return for Stimulus?

As part of the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit, taxpayers and non-filers were instructed to file a Form 1040 (Income Tax Return, ITR) and claim the stimulus checks on Line 30. This was for 2020 Returns and only addressed the first and second stimulus payments. Those who do not normally file were told to do so as well if they did not receive this payment.

Now, taxpayers will want to file a 2021 Return not only to claim missing payments, but to update their information with the IRS because the stimulus payments are based on a few pieces of information. You want the IRS to know your income as there is a certain threshold your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) has to fall within. To see this amount, view the linked stimulus pages as the amount has been adjusted for the third payment.

Claim the third stimulus on your 2021 Tax Return as part of the 2021 Recovery Rebate Credit. Additionally, claim the remainder of your 2021 Child Tax Credit. If your 2021 tax information has changed, this will be reported on the 2021 Return and your credit amounts will be adjusted accordingly.

Most importantly, if you changed your address or bank account, the IRS will have no way to issue your stimulus checks. If your bank account was recently closed or you moved to a new home, the IRS needs to have this on record to send payments. The only ways to update your direct deposit information is by filing a tax return or, if you have a qualifying child, via the IRS CTC Update Portal. To update your bank information on a return, you also have a tax balance (refund or taxes owed). If you do not normally file, but want to in order to update your information, contact us and we will help you with this.

Update your bank account, dependents, income, and other information with the IRS by filing a 2021 Return now or by the Tax Day deadline: April 18, 2022.

Review the most recent news regarding stimulus packages, unemployment changes, and the Child Tax Credit. If or when the next stimulus package is furthered into law, this page will have those updates.

2021 Stimulus or American Families Plan, American Jobs Plan

What else is part of the upcoming bill by President Biden and the democrats? Below, find key points that are part of the current proposal. It is important to know that these are drafts and ideas which have not been written into law. All of the below information is subject to change:

  • Years of free education: the plan is to make preschool through grade 12 education more accessible, but also include means to give students two years or free education at a qualifying community college. Additionally, increase aid to students attending a university via Pell Grants. With free education, there may be some tax implications to come. See information on students and taxes.
  • Extend the Child Tax Credit increases from ARPA through 2025; the program currently goes through 2021, but the plan would continue it through 2025, potentially keeping the CTC fully refundable.
  • Make the increases to the Child and Dependent Care Credit (CDCC) and the Earned Income Credit (EIC) for childless workers permanent.
  • Cuts to health insurance costs through the marketplace - this is done by increasing the amount of the Premium Tax Credit as well as widening the requirements to qualify for it.
  • Create a better program for providing paid family and medical leave, largely inspired by the hardships families may have faced due to COVID-19. This aims to be a national program that will ensure workers are given partial wage replacement for life changing events, like newborn children or caring for an ill family member.
  • Reform the unemployment insurance system and offer better, more comprehensive unemployment benefits for American taxpayers who lose their jobs.

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