$1,400, $600, $1,200 stimulus checks: The biggest differences comparedFebruary 28, 2021
The goal of theis the same: Get . But Congress is taking a different route accomplish that aim, changing for a payment and . The result is, the could look very different to many who received or .
Theare part of the that Democrats are within two weeks. In addition to to individuals and , the relief bill is set to through August, increase funding for and potentially raise the .
Over the last year, we’ve studied how Congress designed the first two payments to help struggling families and boost the economy. From reading through the just-passed version of the House bill (PDF), we also have a good idea of how lawmakers intend to meet the same goals with the . Here’s how the three stimulus checks are similar and different.
Each stimulus check is different from the others
With each round of checks, Congress has reworked the payment amount and eligibility elements. While we know many of the proposed, there is one wild card. The IRS is in the , so it’s unclear if the agency may not be able to in a few days, as it did the second stimulus payments, or if there could be a delay.
Three stimulus checks, compared
|Third check (in the works)||Second check||First check|
|Maximum total (per adult)||$1,400||$600||$1,200|
|Dependents (flat rate)||$1,400 (any age)||$600 (16 and younger)||$500 (16 and younger)|
|Income to receive maximum amount||Under: $75,000 (single); $112,500 (head of household); $150,000 (married)||Under: $75,000 (single); $112,500 (head of household); $150,000 (married)||Under: $75,000 (single); $112,500 (head of household); $150,000 (married)|
|Single taxpayer upper limit||$100,000||$87,000||$100,000|
|Head of household upper limit||$150,000||$124,500||$146,000|
|Filing jointly upper limit||$200,000||$174,000||$198,000|
|Citizenship||Mixed-status families, where one member has a Social Security number||Citizens and non-citizens with a Social Security number||Citizens and non-citizens with a Social Security number|
|Date approved||By March 14||Dec. 27, 2020||March 27, 2020|
|First payments sent||To be determined||Dec. 29, 2020||April 13, 2020|
|Final payments issued||Dec. 31, 2021||Feb. 16, 2021||Feb. 16, 2021|
|Number of payments made||To be determined||Over 147 million||Over 160 million|
|Total dollar amount distributed||To be determined||$142 billion||$270 billion|
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