This year there are a few main elements to factor in regarding credits and refunds....
You may qualify to claim the Recovery Rebate Credit on you 2020 federal income tax return if you either didn't receive an Economic Impact Payment or it was less than $1,200 ($2,400 if married and filing jointly).
If you didn't receive the full amount, you may be able to claim this credit when you file in 2021.
For example, don't utilize "future" refund money to pay bills or buy large priced items in expectation of the refund arriving at a certain date.
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