Following nearly two months of little movement, Washington lawmakers appear to have stepped up the pace on finding an agreement on afor Americans who meet the . The to reach a haven’t been the easiest to follow, and the situation is now complicated by after being diagnosed with COVID-19.
The coronavirus has infected over 7.4 million Americans and killed over 211,000 people in the US alone.
As we approach the, here are nine critical factors about stimulus payments that can help you grasp where the situation stands right now. Those facts keep changing as the situations develops, including the bill’s status today (it changes each day), the , how fast you might receive and how those stimulus payments . We update this story regularly with new information.
The president has been hospitalized with COVID-19
On Thursday night, Trump and first lady Melania Trump announced that they had both mild symptoms.”and on Friday the president was admitted to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland after a report Friday morning that he had experienced “
What exactly that means and whether it will affect the outcome of the bill remains to be seen; however, negotiators — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin — have been continuing talks and appear to be closer to a deal than they have in weeks.
Even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was more optimistic about the outcome of the talks as Friday closed.
“I’m trying to figure out here whether I should predict another bill quickly or not but the talks have speeded up in the last couple days … I think we’re closer to getting an outcome,” McConnell said, according to Washington Post congressional reporter Erica Werner, via Twitter.
As of Friday evening, Trump was characterized as working from the hospital. CNET is closely monitoring the situation.
A new stimulus bill has passed, but here’s what it really means
The House of Representatives spoke on Friday and have said they intend to continue discussions., as well as $600 a week in federal unemployment benefits and aid for airlines and restaurants ( ). But — and this is critical — this new take on the Heroes Act is not law. The negotiations for a different, bipartisan bill are still underway, which could bring about even more changes to the legislation and the fate of another round of stimulus checks. Pelosi and Mnuchin
If the talks, which are under immense pressure, are successful, they could yield a completely new bill both chambers would then vote on. If talks aren’t successful, the US may need to wait to see what happens next (some plausible scenarios below). The House is set to recess after Friday, but can be called back to vote.
Both parties want you to get a new check for up to $1,200
There’s strong bipartisan support to provide another direct payment(more on that below). Republican and Democratic lawmakers and President Donald Trump all say they want a solution that includes a second stimulus check, among other measures in the relief bill, such as .
Provisions for a second check have been part of, one authored by Democrats and two by Republicans.
The IRS could accelerate the process of issuing checks
The IRS and Treasury Department sentto recipients within 19 days. Mnuchin has said he could send them much faster this time, once new legislation is signed.
“I could get out 50 million payments really quickly” and start making payments a week after a bill is signed, he said in August. We’ve .
You won’t pay taxes on relief 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 ., and a payment you get this year will not 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 check if you qualify for a lower amount in 2021. The IRS said if you
Eligibility rules could change to your advantage
While we think a second stimulus check would largely follow the same guidelines as the first,are subject to change. It might even benefit your family, if a new stimulus bill redefines .
Other notes on eligibility:
The IRS has a strategy for who gets their check in what order
With the first stimulus check, the IRS and the Treasury Department sent payments three ways: direct deposit, physical checks and June), this is how the nearly 160 million payments break down:. According to the most recent numbers from the Treasury Department (from
- Direct deposit: 75%, or 120 million payments
- Paper check: 22%, or 35 million payments
- Prepaid EIP debit card: 3%, or 4 million payments
It’s expected you’ll receive your money fastest with direct deposit, followed by the check and then the EIP card. Read. The IRS automatically picks the payment method, but is likely to reopen its portal that lets people if new legislation passes.
We already think we know how much money you may pocket
If you’reor are looking for an estimate of how much a second check could include, you can use our to get an idea for how much you, your family and could expect to receive, especially if qualifications shift with another round of payments. Our calculator tool doesn’t retain your personal details in any way.
Payment details can get complicated
When and if a second stimulus check does get approved, 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.
There’s much more to know about other government payments during the pandemic. Here’s what you need to know about, the and .