If you didn’t get your first or second stimulus check, don’t worry — you can still claim the payment in 2021 as a tax credit. The stimulus checks are a federal tax credit for the 2020 tax year, known as the Recovery Rebate Credit. Even if you didn't work in 2020 you still qualify for both stimulus as long as you were not dependent of another person's tax return. You can claim the Recovery Rebate Credit by filing your taxes in 2021 for Tax Year 2020. The deadline to file your taxes this year is May 17, 2021.