The months-long journey toward getting aapproved might be getting closer to reaching an end, if the latest hints about turn out to be true. All eyes are on Congress to come together in the next few weeks to that includes another direct payment. President Donald Trump has also floated the idea of a possible new executive order drawing stimulus money from existing pandemic programs to fund more stimulus money.
In the chart below, we break down what we know so far about eligibility for a second check, including how factors, your and a could affect whether you would qualify for , if there is one. ( .)
It’s possible that at least one new demographic could qualify to receiveand contribute to an for family groups than was originally allowed with the . You can use to estimate how much money you could receive. This story is updated often.
Stimulus check eligibility: Which groups could make the cut
We won’t know for certain who will qualify for a new stimulus payment until Congress passes the legislation. We can, however, draw from theeligibility requirements and 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.
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 people||Under CARES Act|
|Owe child support||CARES Act excludes those who owe child support. Heroes Act includes them|
|US citizen living abroad||Included under CARES Act|
|Live in US territory||Under CARES Act, payments handled by each territory’s tax authority|
|SSDI recipients||Included under CARES Act|
|Tax nonfilers||Included under CARES Act|
How rules over dependents could change
While the initial payments authorized under the CARES Act included $500 for, the HEALS and Heroes Act would both loop in any dependent, regardless of age, including college students and adult dependents. (Here’s to qualify for your own stimulus check.)
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.
Who the first stimulus payment skipped
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 finalize new stimulus check requirements?
If a stimulus check is authorized by Congress and not an executive order, here’s the flow. Talks between Republican and Democratic negotiators on the new stimulus package have been stalled for over a month, but the two sides have signaled they’re. The Senate has officially returned from recess today and the House, after , is back next week. If the sides reach a deal, the stimulus bill will take effect after 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.