Every major stimulus check difference in the $1,400, $600 and $1,200 paymentsMarch 4, 2021
We already have a good idea how thecould differ from the the , but as of Wednesday, a new proposal could change what we know about the yet again. A potential new change to the would also clip , by further .
The result could bethat than or . (More details in our chart below.) Any delay over the details of the third check’s income limits, or to any part of the could also push back for individuals, families and (here’s how you could .)
We’ve watched Congress make changes from the first check to the second payment, and have read through the version of the bill now with the Senate. That gives us a good idea of how lawmakers view the next stimulus payment — here’s how the three checks stack up. This story was updated with new information.
What the stimulus check differences mean for you
With each round of stimulus payments, the House and Senate has reworked the payment amount and eligibility guidelines. While we know most of the proposed— and they could change up to — 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 in sending out the payments. As the Senate takes up the bill this week, Democrats are considering lowering the upper income limit to receive a payment.
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, or $80,000 if Senate changes||$87,000||$100,000|
|Head of household upper limit||$150,000, or $120,000 if Senate changes||$124,500||$146,000|
|Filing jointly upper limit||$200,000, or $160,000 if Senate changes||$174,000||$198,000|
|Citizenship||Mixed-status families, where one member has a Social Security number||Citizens and noncitizens with a Social Security number||Citizens and noncitizens 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|
For more information, here’s what you, including and how to .