Plus-Up Extra Stimulus Payments to Capture Updated Income and Dependent Information in 2020 Tax Returns Now Being Paid with 2021 Refund Payments

This article was last updated on April 17

The IRS is aware that several people have updated taxable income (AGI) and dependent information in their 2020 tax filings. As a result the IRS is now processing, via their latest payment batch, additional or plus-up extra stimulus payments for tax filers who had earlier received payments based on their 2019 tax return information but are now eligible for a new or larger payment based on their recently processed 2020 tax returns (see refund schedule).

These “plus-up” payments per the IRS could include a situation where a person’s income dropped in 2020 compared to 2019 (e.g due to unemployment) or a person had a new child or dependent on their 2020 tax return (which would mean an extra $1400 payment).

Catch-up Payments for New or Recent Tax Filers

The plus-up or catch-up payments will also include people for whom the IRS previously did not have information to issue a stimulus check but who recently filed a tax return and who would qualify for a stimulus payment based on their 2020 income. 

When will these payments be made?

The IRS has started making these catch-up/plus-up payments in their fifth batch of stimulus processing and estimates it will send out more than $1.2 billion in supplemental payments to 700,000 Americans by mid-April. It may take a week or two more to see payments for those getting paid via mailed checks or debit cards. These payment will continue in subsequent batches till the end of 2021.

If you haven’t yet filed a tax return in 2021, the IRS will review and make these plus up stimulus payments in later (weekly) batches, or you can claim and missing or under payments via your 2021 tax return that you file next year.

Are these like a Fourth (4th) stimulus check?

Some are getting a supplementary payment and have assumed this was an extra stimulus check. But in fact the payment is just a true-up or correction for any missed payments. So if you didn’t qualify or got a lower payment based on earlier returns the IRS is sending these extra payments. But it is not a fourth stimulus check and you need to make sure you reconcile this against your tax return.

One thought on “Plus-Up Extra Stimulus Payments to Capture Updated Income and Dependent Information in 2020 Tax Returns Now Being Paid with 2021 Refund Payments

  1. Hi, I’m wondering why I’m still seeing the same message on the Get My Payment on the IRS site for over a month. It says that they are waiting for my payment date to send my 3rd stimulus check to my bank account. They have the bank account number correct & even sent my tax refund already to the same bank account. They say I’m eligible so I can’t understand the delay. Why am I waiting so long?

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