I haven't filed for 2019 yet. Everything I've found online says that if you haven't filed for 2019 before the checks are sent out, they'll look at your 2018 taxes, but I didn't file for 2018 either because I wasn't working in the US (I'm not an American). I'd like to file my taxes for 2019 closer to the tax deadline. If I do that, will I not get the stimulus check?

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    You may have to wait for an answer until the bill actually becomes law. It passed the senate but could still get held up or revised in the house. At this point everything is conjecture and hear-say until we get the actual text of the bill.
    – Nosjack
    Mar 26 '20 at 17:45
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it asks for speculation about possible future law.
    – yoozer8
    Mar 26 '20 at 18:00
  • You can read the bill here as passed by the Senate apps.npr.org/documents/… Can it really get revised by the house? Seems strange to me that the Senate could pass something and then it gets changed further down the pipeline.
    – Brimby
    Mar 26 '20 at 18:00
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    @Brimby It can be modified by the House, and then the Senate would have to approve the changes.
    – Daniel
    Mar 26 '20 at 18:01
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    The bill has been signed into law, so it is no longer speculative.
    – user102008
    Mar 28 '20 at 1:14

According to the final version of the bill, this "stimulus check" is really a pre-payment of a refundable 2020 tax credit. So if you don't get the check this year, you can file your 2020 taxes next year and claim the credit (assuming you still meet the income requirements).

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    Thanks. This is also true if my 2020 income will be way over 75K?
    – jgozal
    Mar 26 '20 at 18:12
  • @jgozal You may get a phase out amount, zero if it is over 99K if filling single.
    – Pete B.
    Mar 26 '20 at 19:39
  • @jgozal: In that case, you might just want to file your 2019 return now. Unless you're a medical professional or something, you probably have plenty of free time these days.
    – jamesqf
    Mar 27 '20 at 4:08
  • @PeteB. yeah my 2020 income will be way over 99K.
    – jgozal
    Mar 27 '20 at 17:44
  • @jamesqf not as much as much free time as I'd like, fortunately. But there's a different reason for me wanting to file later.
    – jgozal
    Mar 27 '20 at 17:44

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