Only a few weeks remain for Washington toon another this year. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer wrote asking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to resume to give more financial aid to Americans.
“For the sake of the country, we ask that you come to the table and work with us to produce an agreement that meets America’s needs in this critical time,” the two Democratic leaders wrote in a letter to McConnell on Tuesday. With the Senate going on break until after Thanksgiving, however, it is unclear if any talks will happen this month.
President-elect Joe Biden and President Donald Trump have both urged lawmakers to passwith . If no stimulus legislation is passed during the lame-duck session, could enter the conversation more seriously after .
Once authorized, the IRS has systems in place to quickly start sending out stimulus payments via, paper checks and (in that order, over a couple of months). However, if the stimulus bill isn’t approved until Biden’s presidential term, there may be a complication — after there’s a newly appointed Treasury Secretary, there could potentially be a delay as that person gets up to speed.
Over 150 million Americansand some won’t , if there’s a second round of stimulus payments. If the IRS owes you a , which you can verify through our , you must by the Nov. 21 deadline. (Here’s how to , if you’re still waiting.)
Below, we’ve created some potential timelines for how soon you could get a new stimulus payment. This story was recently updated.
When will I receive my next stimulus check?
These speculative dates show you when you might see a check — if a bill becomes law before or after Inauguration Day on Jan. 20, and bearing in mind Dec. 11, the deadline for Congress to pass the next federal budget.
One important note about the speed at which the first checks might arrive. In August, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said it would take about a week to process the first payments. “I can get out 50 million payments really quickly. A lot of it into people’s direct accounts,” he said.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean your stimulus money would arrive a week after a bill went live.
Possible dates a second stimulus check could go out
|Scenario 1||Scenario 2||Scenario 3||Scenario 4|
|House passes final bill||Dec 11||Feb 1||Mar 1||Apr 5|
|Senate passes final bill||Dec 12||Feb 2||Mar 2||Apr 6|
|President signs||Dec 13||Feb 3||Mar 3||Apr 7|
|First direct deposits issued||Week of Dec 28||Week of Feb 8||Week of Mar 8||Week of Apr 12|
|First paper checks sent||Week of Jan 11||Week of Feb 16 (Feb 15 is President’s Day)||Week of Mar 15||Week of Apr 19|
|First EIP cards sent||Week of Feb 8||Week of Mar 15||Week of Apr 12||Week of May 10|
Can the IRS issue all the stimulus payments at once?
No. To date, the IRS has sent money to at least 160 million people in three ways, starting with people the federal government has direct deposit information for. Some people with more complicated personal situations areor even for . This creates a de facto priority order that could result in some Americans receiving their checks days or even weeks before others.
The IRS has said it can deliver 5 million to 7 million paper stimulus checks a week, starting withis less than $20,000, and then moving to people whose AGIs are progressively larger, according to the Government Accountability Office.
We expect the IRS will adopt roughly the same system for sending out a second stimulus check in 2020 or 2021 as it did with the first stimulus check, which was approved in March as part of the CARES Act.
Direct deposit recipients: People who already have theiron file with the IRS or who provide that info when and if registration opens again should be first in line to receive a stimulus check. An electronic transfer of funds is faster and more efficient, which is why this group largely got their first payment faster.
Social Security beneficiaries: With the first stimulus payment, many Social Security beneficiaries who had direct deposit information on file with the federal government received checks in the first week, though not always the first day.
People who get paper checks: The IRS began to mail checks about a week later to those without direct deposit data on file.
EIP card recipients:are prepaid Visa cards the IRS sent to about 4 million people starting in mid-May. If the IRS follows the same payment priority order, this group could begin to see their payment weeks after the first direct deposit transfers take place.
People with more complex situations: This category includes people who received a check after June, are still waiting to receive their stimulus payment or who. Direct payments will continue through the end of 2020 for some individuals who weren’t part of the previous groups. Here’s what could be for some people and to report a missing, lost or stolen check.
Why hasn’t everyone received their first stimulus payment?
While over 160 million Americans have received their stimulus checks, the IRS is still trying towho may be owed money, including for .
If you think this situation applies to you, you may be able to claim your missing check by 3 p.m. ET (12 p.m. PT) on Nov. 21. This includes, some people who and (including and people who ). Otherwise, you may need to claim a catch-up payment or error adjustment as part of your 2020 federal tax return.
If you’re aand didn’t receive a check as expected, you may also need to investigate. And a new ruling in California may bring hope for and didn’t receive the first stimulus check — or who received it and were compelled to return the money.
If you’re still waiting on the first round of payments, you can, learn and find possible . The IRS has said it will continue to send payments through Dec. 10, according to the Government Accountability Office.