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Are children born in 2020 eligible for stimulus check payment?

Approximately to 90 million people in the United States have received their stimulus payments according to the Internal Revenue Service with many more still waiting.

Are children born in 2020 eligible for stimulus check payment?
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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have started issuing the first round of stimulus checks to millions of American’s who need economic help during the coronavirus pandemic in mid-April. According to the IRS, approximately 90 million people already received that payment.

The IRS maintain that they distributed 88.1 million checks from April 17 and paid out $157.96 billion.

For those still awaiting the check, there is a tracking system to gauge the status of the payment.

Sin tituloUS President Donald Trump signs the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on April 24, 2020. - The $483 billion stimulus act will back small businesses on the brink of bankruptcy, and allocate more money for health-care providers and virus testing. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP)

Tracking the status of your stimulus check

1. Go to the IRS' Get My Payment page and click the blue 'Get My Payment' button to see the status of your stimulus check payment.

2. Once you arrive on the next page about authorized use, just click ‘OK’.

3. Next, on the Get My Payment page, enter your Social Security number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), your date of birth, your street address and your ZIP or postal code. Click Continue.

On the next page, the portal will show your payment status, letting you know if it has already been scheduled or if your payment status has yet to be determined.

Children born or adopted in 2020

If you had or adopted a child in 2020 or there was a change in dependent status since your 2019 tax filing the parent or qualifying relative could still be eligible for the $500 payment. But it will not be paid in via the current batch of stimulus check payments and will instead need to be claimed in your 2020 tax return as an additional credit. This is because the IRS is basing stimulus check payments on from your 2019 or 2018 tax return, which won’t reflect children born or adopted this year, or any change in dependent status.