Now that a bipartisan group of senators has released the framework for its , the pressure is on to approve a new bill before the end of the year. While the proposal doesn’t include a for right now, the end result could change, as a growing group in Washington is calling for another direct payment this year, either as a standalone bill or as part of a cohesive package.
If no second payment is likely to come this year, then when could you expect your next stimulus check to arrive, and would you? How exactly will the IRS decide , and how to bring you even more money — or perhaps — the next time around? Do you know the ways you , or how to claim your first stimulus check now that the ?
We break down the important information below so you know what to expect before another payment arrives. (We update this story often.)
A second stimulus check is gaining support for 2020
There’s strong momentum within Congress for another direct payment to individuals and families. Although the $600 check now for eligible people, to a standalone bill for $1,200 per and $500 per child dependent, all the way to no check now and a .that could come up for a vote before the end of the year does not include a stimulus check, counter suggestions range from approving a
Your check could arrive earlier or later, depending on which payment group you’re in
got the first stimulus money at different times, . For example, people with the IRS — an electronic transfer of funds into their bank account — are expected to get their payment weeks before those who receive a paper check or . Here’s a more detailed .
Your next check may be a different amount than the last — here’s why
If the eligibility requirements change with a second check, you and your family could find yourself withor less. For example, a new rule could potentially get you a bigger sum. But there may have also been changes to your life circumstances — such as a birth or death in the family, starting a new job or becoming unemployed — that might also . Here’s . And here’s you get.
After a stimulus check is approved, the IRS could send it out faster this time
With the first check, the IRS was tasked to create an online registration and payment tracking tool, as well as a payment schedule for more than 160 million people. It took 19 days before thewas delivered.
The hope is that the process could go smoother and therefore faster with a second check. The tracking tool is already up and running, the system is in place and it’s probable that the majority of people who qualified for a first check would also receive another.
The timeline is constantly changing, but we’veif approved before — or after — Biden’s . Here’s what you can do now to help .
Some people won’t qualify for another payment
With the first round of checks, Congress set income limits based on yourthat set a line separating who did and . But that’s just the beginning. Your status as a or , and your status are among the factors that also helped decide if you got all or some of the first check — and those things will likely also affect the second. Read .
If your first check never arrived, you can still claim it
Guess what?from the first stimulus check payout. It may be that for , or that an (this really happened). Or it could be that you fell through the cracks with your personal situation, that you didn’t think you qualified but you actually do and just need to take an extra step, or that some other error kept you from getting the total amount you were entitled to. Since , you’ll now need to wait until tax season in 2021 to register for a payment from the IRS. Stay tuned for more information as we get closer.
This formula helps determine the size of your stimulus check
Predicting what your payment could end up being isn’t straightforward. The IRS used afor the first check. Something similar for a second payment would determine whether you receive the full amount, a partial payment or .
It also explains how you might still be able to get some stimulus money even if your family’s yearly income exceeds the limit set out by thein March. The calculation starts with your household’s total , adds on the money allotted to qualifying dependents and then deducts from the total based on your income bracket (as defined by the CARES Act).
You don’t have to file your taxes to get a stimulus check
While, you don’t need to have filed a tax return to qualify for a check. If you’re over age 65, for example, and receive , you could still qualify for a stimulus check under the CARES Act. You might need to take an extra step to request your payment to get your check.
Your 2020 stimulus payment isn’t income and won’t be taxed next year
The IRS didn’t receive everything you were owed this year, you can claim it as a credit on your 2020 federal income tax return by filing in 2021.. That means a payment you get this year won’t reduce your refund in 2021 or increase the amount you owe when you file your 2020 tax return. You also won’t have to repay part of your stimulus check if you qualify for a lower amount in 2021. The IRS said if you
Rules and exceptions will help determine who gets a check
If a second stimulus check is approved, there will be lots of small details, rules and exceptions that may be confusing. While some situations will be easy to understand, others concerning you and your dependents might make it unclear if you’re eligible and how much money you might receive because there are many fringe cases.
Certain, such as if you recently moved.
Your stimulus money can be taken away — here’s who can seize it
In most cases, your check is yoursand it isn’t taxable. But there are a few situations where the federal government or a debt collector can , such as if you .
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