Whilewobble into September, the various on the table offer clues as to who could qualify for for , including two surprising groups that were skipped over with .
Uncertainty on whether Congress will approve a new round of payments and who would be eligible to receive a check grows greater as talks enter September with no clear movement toward a resolution. While both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows express a willingness to resume negotiations — “It’s critically important that we find some solutions,” Meadows said — the two sides remain trillions of dollars apart on how much they’re willing to spend.
Read on for who could possibly meet the requirements for a new stimulus payment and check back for frequent updates.
Second stimulus check: Everyone who might be eligible
We won’t know for certain who will qualify for a new stimulus payment until Congress passes the legislation. We can, however, draw from the Heroes Act and HEALS Act proposals (neither of which is law) to get an idea of who may or may not get a second check, including a few unexpected qualifiers below.eligibility requirements and the
Scroll down for the full list of who could qualify.
Dependents of any age: While the initial payments authorized under the CARES Act included $500 for dependents aged 16 and younger, the HEALS and Heroes Act would both loop in any dependent, regardless of age, including college students and adult dependents. The Democratic plan would extend $1,200 each, for up to three dependents, so a family of five people could receive a maximum of $6,000. The Republican plan would provide $500 for each dependent you claim on your taxes, but the HEALS Act doesn’t specify a cap on the number of dependents.
Citizens living abroad: While the checks are designed to provide financial assistance to Americans during the pandemic and boost the local US economy, citizens living abroad could also qualify under current proposals. The same applies to many people living in US territories like Puerto Rico and Guam, however, it’s currently the territories’ tax authorities that distribute the payments, not the federal government.
Noncitizens who pay taxes: To qualify for the first checks, recipients needed a social security number. The Democrats’ Heroes Act would include noncitizens who file their income tax with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).
Both Republicans and Democrats are using, to determine the payment amount for individuals and families, which would cap at $1,200 for individuals and $2,400 for married couples.
Who might qualify for the next stimulus check
|Qualifying group||Likely to be in final bill||Unlikely to be in final bill|
|Individual||An AGI of less than $99,000, under both proposals|
|Head of household||An AGI of less than $146,500, under both proposals|
|Couple filing jointly income||An AGI less than $198,000, under both proposals|
|Dependents of any age||No dependents limit specified, under HEALS Act||Up to 3 dependents, under Heroes Act|
|Noncitizens who pay taxes||Under Heroes Act|
|Incarcerated||Under CARES Act|
|Owe child support||CARES Act excludes those who owe child support. Heroes Act includes them|
|US citizen living aboard||Included under CARES Act|
|Live in U.S. territory||Under CARES Act, payments handled by each territory’s tax authority|
|SSDI recipients||Included under CARES Act|
|Non tax filers||Included under CARES Act|
Who did not get the first stimulus check
For the payments authorized under the CARES Act, which became law in March, these groups were excluded:
- Single taxpayers with an AGI over $99,000
- Heads of households with an AGI over $136,500
- Married couples with an AGI over $198,000
- Children over 16 and college students under age 24
- Nonresident aliens, as defined by the US government
- People who are incarcerated
- People who died since the previous tax filing (Their families may not collect on their behalf and are expected to return the payment.)
When will Congress agree on stimulus check requirements?
Right now, the timeline for discussions is up in the air. Talks between Republican and Democratic negotiators on the new stimulus package stalled, but the two sides have signaled they are willing to pick up the debate. The Senate is on break until after Labor Day and the House after have nothing scheduled. An agreement in September is in the picture. After the sides reach a deal, the stimulus bill won’t take effect until the president signs it into law.
While we won’t know for sure until the two sides come together on the next stimulus package, we have a good idea ofif a new bill passes.
For more, here’s what we know about the. We also have information on , , and .
Shelby Brown contributed to this report.