The Senate and House of Representatives are out until after Thanksgiving, so talks on the next, which could include a , are now on pause. If Congress doesn’t pass more economic aid this year, however, that includes a of for , but it can’t be voted on until after .
The process of sending out and receiving stimulus checks is complicated. Until we have a bill spelled out in black and white, there’s still much we don’t know — including the exact date another, which and who . For now, there’s also a lot we can infer based on the terms of the first stimulus check and the various proposals that’ve been floated in Washington, including Biden’s plan.
Here are the biggest takeaways about stimulus checks. And here’sbefore 2021.
You can help yourself get a check faster, when it comes
When and if a second stimulus check is approved, it’s expected that the IRS will move quickly to send them out. There are steps you can take now to get your payment faster. We’ve identified seven things you can do to, not the last (more below).
The IRS issues checks by priority groups: Know yours
Eligible Americans got the first stimulus payment at different times, often because of the way they got paid, and a second payment would be similar. For example, people— an electronic transfer of funds into their bank account — with the IRS could get their checks weeks before those who receive a paper check or . We identified based on the first stimulus checks.
The next check may come faster than the first
With the first check, the IRS learned how to mobilize and deliver stimulus money, and worked out many of the difficulties in the process. If a second check is approved, it’s likely the agency could speed up the process of sending out the first set of payments. 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 — the Jan. 20 inauguration.
Some people won’t qualify for a second stimulus check at all
With the first round of checks, Congress set income limits based on yourthat were one line separating who did and . But it’s just the beginning. Your status as a or , your and more also helped decide if you got all or some of the first check — and those things will likely also affect the second. Read .
Millions of people are still owed all or part of the first stimulus check
Guess what?from the first stimulus check. It may be that for , or that an (this really happened), that you fell through the cracks with your personal situation, that you didn’t think you qualified but you actually do and need to take an extra step, or that some other error kept you from getting the total amount you were entitled to. ; now, you’ll need to wait until tax season in 2021 to register for a payment from the IRS.
The second check might not be the same amount as the first check
If the eligibility requirements change with the second check, you and your family could find yourself with, or less. For example, a new rule could potentially get you a bigger sum. But there may also be changes to your life circumstances — such as a birth or death, starting a new job or becoming unemployed — that might also play a role in a different check amount. Here’s , and here’s you get.
The IRS uses a formula for stimulus payment calculations
Figuring out what your payment could end up being is not straightforward. The IRS used afor the first check, and 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 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 in order to get your check.
In some cases, your stimulus money could be seized
In most cases, your check is yours; it isn’t taxable. But there are a few situations where the federal government or a debt collector can , such as if you .
Your stimulus money won’t be taxed in 2021
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
There are a lot of rules and exceptions for eligibility requirements
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 — there are many fringe cases.
Certain, such as if you recently moved.
For more information about stimulus payments, here’s what’s happening, what and .