What's the Recovery Rebate Credit?

If you didn't get a third stimulus check, or you didn't get the full amount, you may be able to claim the recovery rebate credit on your 2021 tax return to make up the difference.

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If you didn't get a third stimulus check – or you only got a partial check – then you certainly want to check out the recovery rebate tax credit when you file your 2021 tax return.

[Note: Although 2021 returns were due on April 18, 2022, for most people, if you requested a filing extension, you have until October 17, 2022, to file a timely return. If you're not required to file a 2021 return but are otherwise eligible for a stimulus check, you can also complete a "simplified" tax return at ChildTaxCredit.gov by November 15 to get a payment.]

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Rocky Mengle

Rocky Mengle was a Senior Tax Editor for Kiplinger from October 2018 to January 2023 with more than 20 years of experience covering federal and state tax developments. Before coming to Kiplinger, Rocky worked for Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting, and Kleinrock Publishing, where he provided breaking news and guidance for CPAs, tax attorneys, and other tax professionals. He has also been quoted as an expert by USA Today, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, Reuters, Accounting Today, and other media outlets. Rocky holds a law degree from the University of Connecticut and a B.A. in History from Salisbury University.