Hi Penny, I'm hearing a lot about stimulus checks for families. As I understand it, if 2019 taxes haven't been filed, 2018 returns will be used. My 2019 taxes have not been completed. We had a new addition to our family since our 2018 tax return. How can I ensure our stimulus check includes our new baby, too? Thanks so much for providing answers to our questions!

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Hi @Morriaw422! If your new baby was born in 2019 and you need the $500 you'll get for each child, you're going to want to file that 2019 return ASAP! Otherwise, they'll use your 2018 return and you'll have to wait until you file your 2020 taxes (in early 2021) to get the credit.

The reason is confusing, but basically, this is a credit for your 2020 taxes, but the IRS has to base it on your 2018 or 2019 return since we're less than three months into 2020.

If your baby was born in 2020, you will have to wait until early next year to get the $500, as you won't be able to claim your child on your 2019 returns. I hope that helps!

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