Negotiations on— and the payment that may come with it — could restart soon, with Congress returning from recess this month. If they do, up to $1,200 per eligible American could be on the table, as Democratic and Republican negotiators hash out the details that could determine whether a second payment is coming or not.
Senate Republican leaders say they hope to vote next week on a “skinny” coronavirus stimulus package that includes $300 in weekly unemployment benefits and money for the USPS. However, the draft of this proposed package doesn’t include funding for a second round of stimulus checks. But it’s possible that this bill could restart negotiations on other, smaller stimulus relief bills that might include a stimulus bill.
“The goal is to come back and vote to move that,” Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Barrasso said Tuesday.
Should another stimulus package with a second check get approved, the total amount allotted for stimulus checks and the, based on factors such as your , could affect how much you might get in a new round of direct payments. We can help you figure out how your stimulus check could arrive and calculate the most money you might get by looking to the for clues. Read on for everything we know. This story is regularly updated.
Could you get the entire $1,200 payment? How to start calculating
Thefrom July proposed an upper limit of $1,200 per qualified person, but that doesn’t mean you’d get it all. Your tax filing status — — is the biggest factor in determining how much stimulus money you could receive. Let’s say you’re personally eligible for the full $1,200 (read up more on ), but what about the rest of your family?
The first stimulus check, issued as part of the claim in your tax filings., left out child dependents who were 17 or older and college students under 24 years old. The Republican HEALS Act plan would include $500 for dependents regardless of age, including children and adults you
The calculations can be tricky, since they take into account your income, your dependents and whether you filed as single, married or head of household. The figures below were based on this Washington Post calculator and could shed some light on what you might get.
Stimulus check calculations
|Scenario 1||Scenario 2||Scenario 3||Scenario 4|
|Filed 2019 taxes?||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Filing status||Single||Head of household||Married||Married|
|2018 or 2019 tax AGI||$80,000||$140,000||$130,000||$130,000|
|Dependents under 17 (CARES Act)||0||1||2||2|
|Dependents over 17 (HEALS Act)||0||0||0||2|
|Calculated check amount||$950||$325||$3,400||$4,400|
Maximum amount of stimulus money your family could get
Depending on how negotiations shake out, the total amount your family may get could change. Here’s a look at the caps put in place to give you an idea of what government leaders are thinking.
CARES Act: With the CARES Act from March, there was no limit to the number of children who could count as dependents, as long as they were under 17 and claimed by the taxpayer on the tax return, according to the Tax Foundation. Each dependent would garner the taxpayer $500. Theoretically, a family in which two adults and six children under 17 were eligible for the full amount could receive $5,400.
HEALS Act: Similar to the CARES Act, the HEALS Act put forth by Republicans doesn’t mention a cap on the amount a family may receive. The difference is that it doesn’t limit dependents to those under 17 to qualify for the $500 payment.
Heroes Act: The Heroes Act, put together by the Democratic-led House and which has never been taken up or vetoed by the Senate, would place a cap of $6,000 for households of five or more. Essentially, it proposes $1,200 for each adult and dependent, with a maximum of three dependents per family.
How your IRS stimulus payment could arrive
While there’s no official plan yet, it’s likely that receiving this second stimulus check would work much like it did the first time around.
Direct deposit: If you filed taxes in 2018 or 2019 and included direct-deposit banking information, it’s likely you can . Even if you didn’t file your direct deposit information with the IRS during tax season, you should still be able to opt in. If you asked for , you can still file them before the Oct. 15, 2020, deadline and choose to share your direct deposit information with the IRS. If another round of stimulus payments is authorized, the IRS is likely to reopen the online tool it used for the first round and let you log your information then.
A paper check in the mail: If you don’t register your banking details with the IRS, you’ll likely receive a paper check in the mail, which you can deposit or cash. If you’ve recently moved, make sure to file your change-of-address paperwork. The IRS will use your last known address, which could hold up delivery of your check or otherwise cause a delay.
EIP card: Under the CARES Act, about 4 million people were also sent money in the form of a prepaidcard, which you can spend like cash. The cards came in plain, unmarked envelopes.
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What’s happening now with the second stimulus check decision?
That’s the trillion-dollar question. The Senate is adjourned and doesn’t plan to resume sessions until Sept. 8. Senate Republicans said they hope to vote on a “skinny” coronavirus stimulus package called the Delivering Immediate Relief to America’s Families, Schools and Small Businesses Act (PDF) that week, which includes , along with $300 in weekly unemployment benefits — similar to an executive action signed by President Donald Trump. However, the draft of this proposed package does not include funding for a second round of stimulus checks.
Here’s more on how the timeline could play out if a bill is passed, including.
If you’re still waiting for your first, , or has fallen through the cracks and .
Shelby Brown contributed to this report.