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Published: Mar 24, 2022 8 min read
Stimulus Check On Top Of 1040 Form
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You're not alone if you're dreading filing your taxes this year. But here's something that could entice you to pull out all that paperwork: The government may owe you more stimulus money.

Last year, the IRS sent out more than 175 million third-round stimulus payments totaling over $400 billion to help people contend with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. In January, the IRS announced that it had officially issued all the third stimulus checks it was going to.

But if you didn't receive a check and think you're due one, or you did but received less than the full amount, don't fear. There's still a way to claim that money.

The third Economic Impact Payment — aka EIP3, aka the third stimulus check — was an advance payment of the 2021 Recovery Rebate Credit. That means if the IRS owes you more stimulus money, you can claim the credit when you file your taxes this year. Because it's fully refundable, the credit will either lower the amount of money you owe Uncle Sam or increase the size of your tax refund.

Here's everything you need to know about claiming the Recovery Rebate Credit.

Who qualifies for more stimulus money?