It’s been an eventful week as conflicting directives issued by President Donald Trump have continued to alter the course of.
On Tuesday, Trump, who’safter , first called for a halt to and then demanded that they restart — all in the same day. On Friday, the president said he wants a larger stimulus bill than the Democrats and Republicans, which stands in contrast to the White House’s . The package, which now seems more certain the the standalone bills Trump initiated late Tuesday, contains another .
We’ll try to keep it simple. Read on for the most crucial facts that’ll help you understand eligibility rules and how to calculate your next coronavirus relief payment. This story updates often.
1. Negotiations aren’t over yet
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will continue to negotiate through the weekend.
“I do hope we will have an agreement soon but, as you say, they keep changing,” Pelosi said on MSNBC, according to The New York Times. As of Saturday, Pelosi referred to Friday’s $1.8 trillion White House offer as “one step forward, two steps back.”
2. US leaders want you to get another stimulus check
Democrats want it. Republicans want it. And Trump also wants to send another round of checks out to Americans. In fact,since the began going out in April has included a second direct payment.
Though a new payment is wrapped up in a bill of one form or another that has to pass both chambers of Congress and get the president’s signature, this is one element on which they all agree.
3. The IRS might deliver stimulus funds to you faster
The IRS has already gone through the growing pains of figuring out how to mobilize and deliver one round of stimulus money. In theory, the agency could speed up the process of sending the first batch of payments, when and if they’re approved. The tracking tool is already up and running, the system is in place and it’s likely that the majority of people who qualified for a first check will also receive another.
The timeline is constantly shifting, but weif approved before — and after — the election.
4. There are different priority groups for sending payments
Not everyone gets their checks at the same time and some of that comes down to how you’re getting paid. For example,— an electronic transfer of funds into your bank account — could happen weeks before people start to receive a paper check or . We identified .
5. A $1,200-per-person stimulus check is only part of the story
The $1,200 maximum per person is a likely cap for a second stimulus payment, but there’s much more to know. Not everyone gets the full $1,200, and a dizzying set of rules decides your share. However, if qualifications expand, families could get more money in the second round.
6. A change in eligibility rules could result in more than $1,200
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 and gives your family $500 more for people you identify on your taxes. On the other hand, the offers a $1,000 payment per child dependent.
7. Payment details can get complicated, quick
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 may make it unclear if you’re eligible and for how much. Fringe cases abound.
8. You can already estimate your total stimulus amount
If you’reor want to estimate how much a second check could include, our is here to help. Remember that the rules are complex and hinge on a variety of factors, like your ). Our calculator tool doesn’t retain your personal details in any way.
9. You won’t pay taxes on the money no matter when it arrives
The IRS, and a payment you get this year won’t 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 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 .
There’s much more to know about other government payments during the pandemic, includingand where the is now.