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Second stimulus check: Who would qualify for more IRS money? Here’s what we know

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Just because you got a stimulus check the very first time doesn’t mean you’ll qualify for an additional payment, if you have one.

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Sarah Tew

Signs point to the Senate revving up work later this month on another coronavirus relief bill that includes a second stimulus check. But early signals from Congressional leaders suggest a second bill might somewhat tighten what’s needed the CARES Act outlined in March, throwing open the question of who would qualify for an additional stimulus payment.

When asked of a second stimulus check this week, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, “I think the people who have been hit the hardest are people who make about $40,000 a year or less. Many of them work in the hospitality industry. So that could well be a part of it.”

“There are several Republicans who have expressed interest in supporting low-income families with cash aid,” Lily Roberts, director of economic mobility at the nonpartisan Center for American Progress, told . “It’s nearly impossible to look at the economy right now and not recognize that the unemployment insurance payments that have been going out, the cash that went out in April — those have helped people hang on,” she said.

Lawmakers have not decided who would qualify for more stimulus money or how much they would get, though we have a great idea when we think still another payment could come. Here’s everything we’ve heard up to now about who may or may not be eligible for an additional economic impact payment. The situation and also this story update often.


Not every one will qualify for a payment beneath the current proposal.

Sarah Tew

Who gets another stimulus payment? The big picture

We wont know until another rescue bill is manufactured official, but we can piece together some possibilities. For example, the Heroes Act (PDF) passed by the House of Representatives in May proposes broad financial advantages to individuals, families and categories that were skipped by the very first stimulus check always (scroll down for the list of exclusions), including most college students and folks who are not US citizens.

But the Heroes Act has been strenuously opposed by the Senate and President Donald Trump, who called it DOA. On the other end of the spectrum, McConnell has said that if the Senate, which his Republican party controls, passes still another relief bill that includes more stimulus checks, the focus will be narrow.

In making these decisions, the Senate and House will aspect in economic data that is at best contradictory. The US economy added 4.8 million jobs in June (PDF), the Labor Department reported the other day, as a result of every state reopening in some way. However, on July 9, the Labor Department reported (PDF) that for the 16th straight week, the number of US workers newly applying for unemployment insurance was above 1 million, with 1.3 million workers filing new state unemployment claims for the week ending July 4 — an indication that the united states labor market is still shedding jobs. 

And with coronavirus rates now spiking over the US, governors are shutting businesses they had permitted to open just weeks before, threatening setting back new job gains.

Who might qualify for a broad 2nd stimulus payment?

  • Individuals who made significantly less than $99,000 according to the adjusted gross income from their 2018 or 2019 taxes (whichever was lately filed).
  • College students, dependents over 17, disabled relatives and a taxpayer’s parent.
  • Families all the way to five people.
  • SSDI recipients
  • People who are not US citizens and file tax statements, pay taxes and otherwise comply with federal tax law using an individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) instead of a Social Security number.

Who may not qualify for an additional payment?

Based on speculation, there are several different ways exclusion from a potential second stimulus check could play out.

Nobody qualifies: A stimulus package could be signed into law that gives tax credits along with other incentives to businesses. It’s possible many people could get a travel or dining credit, but not a check.

People who make “too much” money: If another round of stimulus payments does pass, but allocations are smaller for IRS payments, it’s possible there might be a lower maximum yearly income (AGI on the tax form) to qualify. In other words, people who make more than the usual certain amount (that’s lower than the present cutoff of $99,000 for individuals) could potentially be left out of a second round. Senator McConnell hinted the cap might be as low as $40,000.

Carryover exclusions from the present CARES Act: Young people between 18 and 24, people who are not US citizens but pay taxes, people who are incarcerated.

President Donald Trump

President Trump has expressed curiosity about a second round of checks in 2020.

James Martin

Who isn’t eligible for the very first stimulus check

Let’s review who’s been excluded in the first round.

  • A single taxpayer by having an adjusted revenues above $99,000
  • A head of a household by having an AGI over $136,500
  • A married couple by having an AGI over $198,000
  • Children over 16 and college students under age 24
  • A nonresident alien as defined by the US government

When will we know more about stimulus check always qualifications?

We wont know such a thing for sure until a stimulus bill comes into clearer focus. You can read more in regards to the suspected timeline here, however in general, here is what we know.

McConnell has said over and over — lately on Monday — that if the Senate starts work on an additional package, it will be later this month. To squeeze into McConnell’s timeline, legislators will need to work around several extended breaks if the Senate just isn’t in session: a scheduled two-week recess running now until July 17 and its particular August recess, running from Aug. 10 to Sept. 7.

For more, here’s what we know about the major proposals for a second stimulus package. We also have info on unemployment insurance, what you are able to do if you’ve lost your job and what to know about evictions.

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