Anby President Donald Trump Tuesday night threw the fate of the into question. Instead of the that Congress passed in the new , Trump hinted — but did not outright say — he might not sign the bill into law unless the stimulus check has an . That’s a figure many Democrats but few of Trump’s fellow Republicans have embraced since the first stimulus payment was authorized in March.
Trump argued for dropping other spending that’s part of an omnibus bill combining COVID-19 relief with measures to fund the government for the next year, including programs unrelated to the. The House of Representatives introduced a resolution Thursday morning that would bring the up to $2,000 per person, but House Republicans blocked it.
“If the President is serious about the $2,000 direct payments, he must call on House Republicans to end their obstruction,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement Thursday. “On Monday, I will bring the House back to session where we will hold a recorded vote on our stand-alone bill to increase economic impact payments to $2,000… Hopefully by then the President will have already signed the bipartisan and bicameral legislation to keep government open and to deliver coronavirus relief.”
If the current $600-per-person maximum does become the basis for a, there are several ways you might have a lower total than someone else. While some , the change from a larger to much smaller upper limit could even altogether. (President-elect Joe Biden has committed to an and Congress .) We recently updated this story.
If the second stimulus check maxes at $600, then…
Although Trump has pushed for a $2,000 stimulus check, and other US leaders have also, over the past nine months, rallied behind a $1,200 upper limit, Congress’ scaled-back stimulus bill would give qualified adultsno more than $600 apiece in a second stimulus check. Biden said Dec. 22 that he stands behind a as well.
That $600 rate alone would automatically give most households a smaller check than before. But that’s only if you get the full $600 amount. Turns out there’s more to it than that.
The stimulus legislation includes a formula that institutes a sliding scale so that, for example, a single taxpayer would get the full $600 if they make under $75,000 per year. But if they make more than that, they’d only receive a partial payment that gets progressively smaller the, until the reach an upper threshold, after which they at all.
Because of this mathematical equation used to, the upper threshold is , which means more people won’t be eligible to receive even a partial check as long as they make more than a certain amount of money. Again, our can help illustrate this.
Stimulus money: $600 versus $1,200 maximum
|$600 stimulus check||$1,200 stimulus check|
|Individual taxpayer, no child dependents||$600 maximum||$1,200 maximum|
|Individual taxpayer, 1 child dependent||$1,200 maximum||$1,700 maximum|
|Individual taxpayer, 2 child dependents||$1,800 maximum||$2,200 maximum|
Married couple, no child dependents
||$1,200 maximum||$2,400 maximum|
|Married couple, 1 child dependent||$1,800 maximum||$2,900 maximum|
|Married couple, 2 child dependents||$2,400 maximum||$3,400 maximum|
You earned a higher salary in 2019 than 2018
Your, is a term normally used on the IRS’ yearly tax return to describe your total income, including assets (like stock sales, credits and deductions or an inheritance, for example) that fall outside your usual paycheck. You didn’t get the first stimulus check if your AGI went above a certain income limit, and that’s an even lower number with a second stimulus check of $600.
The first stimulus check was based on your 2018 taxes or your 2019 taxes, if you had filed them. But if you got a new job or earned more money between 2018 to 2019 (congratulations), then you may find that you may only be eligible for a partial amount for yourself. However, anywould still contribute to the total sum. Our .
Here’s more about the relationship between.
You now have fewer dependents than before
has so far been an important factor in how much stimulus money a household gets, but maybe not the way you think. are in many cases entitled to a stimulus check. In the first round of direct payments, households were given an extra $500 for each “child dependent.” This is defined as a legal minor who is 16 years old or younger.
Interestingly, the IRS’ definition of a(23 or under, and financially reliant on the tax filer) isn’t the same one used for stimulus checks.
After some back and forth, the rules for thekeeps the same definition, after flirting with expanding the definition to include dependents of any age. However, if this bill becomes law, any “older” child dependents you claimed for the first check that have aged out of eligibility, would mean you would not receive your allotted $600 for every dependent 17 years old and above.
A calculation error might bring a smaller check
Itand could easily happen with the next. Clerical errors and complex rules might result in your household getting less money in a future than you might be entitled to — for you . Or maybe you don’t normally need to file taxes and wind up missing a rare extra step you need to take.
Whatever the reason, if some issue prevents you from receiving all or part of your stimulus money, you will be able to.
Did someone in your household recently die?
Our condolences. If your household received a stimulus check that included a spouse or child dependent who died between your last tax filing and the receipt of the second stimulus check, the IRS is likely to send a smaller sum if your tax filing status, deductions, credits or AGI changed. In some cases, the IRS has asked for the payment to be returned. However, if your spouse died in 2020, the $900 billion stimulus bill will allow you to claim a check under the terms “head of household;” that is, is you could receive the full amount if you make under $112,500.
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