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Technology New stimulus check: 6 top things you need to know about a second payment

15:32  17 september  2020
15:32  17 september  2020 Source:   cnet.com

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Who could blame you if after half a year of chatter about new stimulus checks and stalled skinny bills and other economic rescue proposals, you've lost the thread on where Washington lawmakers stand on a second round of payments?

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What's happening with a second stimulus check?

While negotiations have run hot and cold and now warm again, members of Congress and White House officials continue to express the need for more economic help for Americans.

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"It's unconscionable that we would do nothing and leave town and not actually help folks," New Jersey Representative and co-chair of the Problem Solvers Caucus Josh Gottheime said on Bloomberg TV on Wednesday. "We have to find a way forward. There is absolutely no way we can go home without it."

The situation could change any time, but these are the top six things to know about the status of a second direct payment.

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1. There's still no new stimulus check

The stimulus check is not a foregone conclusion and right now its fate is tied to that of the overarching stimulus bill, which is stalled in bitter negotiations, or to an executive order, which President Donald Trump hinted at in early September. Another direct payment has strong bipartisan support.

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"It's very important that we have stimulus that helps the areas of the economy that need support," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Monday. "I've told [Pelosi] I'm available anytime to negotiate, no conditions," he said.

2. The IRS could send a second check faster than last time

It took the federal government about two and a half weeks to send the first round of stimulus payments to eligible recipients. Mnuchin has said he could send them much faster this time, once a deal is inked.

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"I could get out 50 million payments really quickly," and start making payments a week after a bill is signed, Mnuchin said in August.

3. Qualifications may change

While we think a second stimulus check would largely follow the same guidelines as the first, eligibility requirements are subject to change. It might even benefit your family, if a new stimulus bill redefines who counts as a qualifying dependent.

Other notes on eligibility:

  • Your adjusted gross income, or AGI plays a huge role.
  • People who aren't required to file taxes -- either because they receive federal benefits or were below the income level to file -- could also get a check.
  • In the first check, children under 16 counted for $500 apiece toward the total check, but did not receive their own money.
a sign on a wooden table: Less than a quarter of eligible recipients received their payment as a check in the mail. Sarah Tew/CNET © Provided by CNET Less than a quarter of eligible recipients received their payment as a check in the mail. Sarah Tew/CNET

4. You can already estimate the size of your check

If you're still waiting for your first payment or are looking for an estimate for how much a second check could include, you can use our stimulus check calculator to get an idea for how much you, your family and your dependents could expect to receive, especially if qualifications shift with another stimulus check. Our calculator tool doesn't retain your personal details in any way.

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5. How additional stimulus money could arrive

To get economic relief money out as quickly as possible to eligible Americans, the IRS and the Treasury Department took several approaches that included direct deposit, physical checks and prepaid EIP cards. According to the most recent numbers from the Treasury Department (in June), this is how the nearly 160 million payments break down:

  • Direct deposit: 75%, or 120 million
  • Paper check: 22%, or 35 million
  • Prepaid EIP debit card: 3%, or 4 million

With the IRS continuing to urge people to set up direct deposit to receive payments straight to the bank account, that number could be even higher.

6. The fine print gets complicated fast

When and if a second stimulus check does arrive, the details will require some unraveling. While some situations are straightforward, other complications about you and your dependents could make it unclear if you're eligible, the size of a check you should expect and when it's coming. Fringe cases abound.

For example:

  • A group of as many as 9 million people still need to register to receive the first check.
  • The IRS didn't send the full monetary amount for some people with dependents -- but is making it possible to claim a catch-up payment.
  • Then there are issues that could delay your check, like if you recently moved and a different process for people who receive Social Security Disability Insurance.

There's much more to know about other government payments during the pandemic. Here's what you need to know about a possible interest check from the IRS, the $300 federal unemployment benefit and the administration's payroll tax cut.

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