It’s an uncertain time.for the is underway in some states, with the to follow. Health experts warn the may intensify during flu season. Washington is grappling with the death of and a potential government shutdown.
With so much going on, it’s easy to lose trackin Washington to pass a with a . To streamline the process, we’ve identified the six most important facts to know right now.
Keep reading to learn the key information to understand aboutfor . We update this story regularly.
1. A new stimulus check is wanted, but hasn’t arrived
The second stimulus check has strong bipartisan support, but is not a done deal. Talks have now been on hold for over a month. Another payment will only happen if a bill passes Congress or is funded through an executive order, the latter of which President Donald Trump hinted at in early September.
Chairman of the Federal Reserve Jerome Powell will testify before three congressional committees this week in a last-ditch effort to promote more stimulus aid ahead of the election. The lack of stimulus intervention, which includes another direct payment, “will start to show up in economic activity. It’ll also show up in things like evictions and foreclosures and things that will scar and damage the economy,” Powell said, according to The Hill.
2. The IRS could send out a second check faster than first time
It took the IRS and Treasury Department about two and a half weeks to sendto eligible recipients. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said he could send them much faster this time, once a deal is inked.
“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 could shift in your favor
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:
4. You can estimate the amount of your check right now
If you’reor are looking for an estimate for how much a second check could include, you can use our 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.
5. How the IRS sends your stimulus money matters
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. 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 their bank account, that number could be even higher. It’s expected you’ll receive your money fastest with direct deposit, followed by the check and then the EIP card. The IRS automatically picks the payment method, but is likely to reopen its portal toif you haven’t already.
6. The fine print can get complicated quickly
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.
There’s much more to know about other government payments during the pandemic. Here’s what you need to know about, the and .