My younger brother who is 19 got a stimulus check?

My brother received a check in mail last week for $1200.The problem is I feel like our accountant filed him as a independent.Which he can’t be because he works with my father, plus he doesn’t pay any bills or have anything under his name he is paying for.He gets taxes taken out of his check.Parents did not even file for 2019 and only 2018 and he still was in school.unless they use his 2019 taxes instead Should he still cash it or contact our accountant?

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  • L
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    It sounds like he filed taxes and earned the Stimulus money.

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  • Amy
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    If your parents did not pay any tax in 2019, then your brother could not be claimed as a dependent of any taxpayer in 2019. He was therefore correct to file as independent.

    An adult who has income is legally independent, regardless of who actually pays his expenses.

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  • 1 month ago

    He's a legal adult who gets paid at a job--pays taxes--and is not a dependent. He qualifies. 

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  • RICK
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    He is independent

    He filed/paid taxes

    He qualifies  for the stimulus  check

    You just sound jealous 

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  • 1 month ago

    Your brother can be an independent...  Working for your dad doesn't mean he doesn't support himself.  Who he owes or doesn't owe has NOTHING to do with taxes.  Since your parents didn't file for 2018 or 2019 that means he was NOT their dependent & he should receive his refund (if owed) and stimulus.  Your dad not filing when his son works for him is however a problem... for your dad!

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  • 1 month ago

    He probably did qualify as independent. There are 2 types of dependents in the US tax code: Qualifying child or Qualifying relative.

    If he was 19 years old on or before 12/31/2019 and was not a full time student in high school or college during at least 5 months of 2019 then he is too old for your parents to claim him as a "qualifying child" dependent.

    If he earned more than $4200 of his own income during 2019 then he earned too much money for your parents to claim him as a "qualifying relative" dependent.

    If he's not a qualifying child, and he's not a qualifying relative, then he's not a dependent, therefore he is independent and would qualify for the stimulus.

    If he has already filed his 2019 taxes then the IRS will look at his 2019 return. The fact that your parent's haven't filed 2019 is irrelevant.

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  • 1 month ago

    Working WITH your father doesn't matter. Paying ANYTHING doesn't matter.

    Being a legal adult and having an income matters. Based on YOUR statements, YOU are the only one wrong in this scenario.

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  • Judy
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    You obviously don't know the IRS rules for being a dependent or not.  He should cash it.

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  • 1 month ago

    He can be independent, and if the reasons you gave are the only reasons for him not to be independent, then he is definitely independent.  For him not to be independent, there would have to be some other reason that you didn't mention.

    Once a person is no longer under 19 and is making money, they are independent unless they are a full time student, disabled, or making under a certain amount (it's just a few thousand a year).

    The accountant was almost certainly right if he was at least 19 and wasn't a full time student.

    Contact the account to be sure, but I'm pretty confident that he should cash the check.

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  • 1 month ago

    "Which he can't be".  Yes, he can be.  They would use his 2019 taxes if he filed them.  If he is 19 before 1/1/2020, not a full time student, and made over $4500 for 2019, he was not a dependent.

    • XXLover1 month agoReport

      Oh that makes sense.

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