With thein six days and counting, we know that a won’t get a vote until after it’s over. It may not even fully come together before then. As Democratic and White House over the details, we can help you get a grip on key facts for one part of the bill, a that could yield you (but that figure .)
To give you an idea, we’ll explain how the IRS determines your, how are a huge factor in your payment, and how you may even be owed more money from the . This story updates often.
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A new check won’t come until after the election is over
Negotiators haven’t successfully narrowed their differences on a bill. Yet, both President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi remain hopeful that the final wording of a bill will be ready — one way or another —.
Trump has promised “the best stimulus package you’ve ever seen,” if Republicans sweep Congress and the presidency. It’s unclear what would happen if election results went a different away. Congress convenes on Jan. 3 and the office of President is sworn in on Jan. 20. Once again, the timeline is up in the air, and the results may hinge on the outcome of the election.
The IRS owes some people a catch-up payment
If you’re, there are several ways to hunt it down. As many as were estimated to be eligible for a first check but didn’t receive it because they needed to register with the IRS — an extra step most people didn’t have to take. The deadline is Nov. 21 and we .
Some people with dependents. The deadline to get that in 2020 is also Nov. 21, and we explain .
And if you share custody of a child but you’re not married, you may.
2 new groups might qualify for stimulus money
Democratic negotiators have supported bringing certain undocumented immigrants to the US who pay taxes the same $1,200 stimulus check afforded to , as well as .
An Oct. 27 tweet from Washington Post reporter Jeff Stein quotes White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany discussing the Democrats’ desire to bring stimulus checks for undocumented workers into the next stimulus bill. By the CARES Act rules, qualified noncitizens who are permanent residents and “resident aliens” were entitled to the first check so long as they met other eligibility requirements.
A second group who could get a first or second check include people who are incarcerated, and otherwise eligible. A judge in California ruled (PDF) that imprisonment should not disqualify someone from receiving a stimulus check and ordered the IRS to release payments to people who would otherwise meet the qualifications. The ruling found that the CARES Act did not specifically or legally bar this group of people from getting checks and that the IRS’ interpretation is incorrect. If this ruling holds, up to 2 million people or their families could still receive .
Stimulus payment calculations employ this not-so-simple formula
You may be interested to know that, and that’s what determines whether you receive the full amount, a partial payment or far more than $1,200 if you have kids.
It also explains how you might still be able to get some stimulus money, even if your family’s yearly incomeset out by the in March. The calculations start with your household’s total , add on the , and then start deducting from the total, based on your income bracket (as defined by the CARES Act).
You can, as well as for a second check.
You may be in one of 5 payment groups
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 who have set up— 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 .
Your second payment could possibly arrive quicker 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 election.
New eligibility changes might deliver more money for your dependents
It’s likely that a second stimulus check would largely follow the same rules and guidelines as the first. But thefor who could get money are subject to change, in ways that could benefit your family. One proposed bill redefines , and would give your family $500 for each dependent you claim on your taxes, regardless of age.
Theoffers a $1,000 payment per child dependent. We’ve explained in terms of a total payment. (Here’s for their own $1,200 check.)
There are several confusing exceptions and rules
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.
You will not pay taxes on any stimulus money
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. Here’s .. 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’s much more to know about other government payments during the pandemic, includingand where the is now.