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  • Writer's pictureAaron Mullis

I filed my 2019 return so why did the IRS use my 2018 return to determine my stimulus payment?

If you filed your return for 2019, the IRS might still use the 2018 return if the IRS has not finished processing the 2019 return. Remember, the IRS accepting a tax return electronically is different than completing processing it. If there are any issues with your 2019 return, the IRS would've used the 2018 filing. If the IRS uses your 2018 return, various life changes shown in your 2019 would not be reflected in your payment. Your Economic Impact Payment might not include higher or lower income or birth or adoption of a child.

If the IRS used your 2018 tax return and missed some of the changes in your circumstances that were reported on your 2019 return, you cannot unfortunately get an immediate remedy to the problem. You will be able to claim any shortage on your 2020 tax return. This could include up to an additional $500 for each qualifying child not reflected in your Economic Impact Payment.

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