New stimulus check: Status update, biggest unknowns, potential delaysMarch 2, 2021
Aon Feb. 26 to pass the puts us one step closer to a for up to . The bill is now in the Senate’s hands, which could lead to a back-and-forth process as senators grapple with the , while trying to within the expected timeline.
We don’t know each detail that will make it into the final bill, as anyor changes to the stimulus check formula could majorly affect who will get money. However, we do have a sound idea of how the , such as how count this time, changes to eligibility and in whether you’ll get a payment.
We’ll tell you everything we know so far, including how the next bill could meanfor your family. For more on stimulus checks, here’s how to and if you may need to file for an . This story was recently updated.
When will the third stimulus check become final?
The final date of approval for the third stimulus check isn’t so simple. Thecould be subjected to a week or more of where it would pick up amendments, before returning to the House for a final vote.
Democrats (who narrowly control both chambers of Congress) are eyeing a March 14 deadline, when current, but if negotiations slip past that point, so would the .
What else could delay the new payment?
Outside of Congress, the IRS has a full plate, now that it is in. Already stretched thin because of the ongoing pandemic, the IRS will need to process 2020 tax forms and , which could potentially cause a delay in issuing new stimulus payments. See below for more on the IRS and your payments.
What’s up with the income limits for a third check?
Thecomes with a $1,400-per-person maximum. To to lower- and middle-income households, the legislation will include eligibility rules that exclude individuals and families at the highest income levels. An individual with an (adjusted gross income) of at least $100,000 a year would hit the payment cutoff, as would a head of household earning $150,000 and a couple filing jointly with an AGI of $200,000.
However, any, but unlike with the first two payments, people above the hard upper limit wouldn’t be able to get a partial check by having dependents. Here’s how the . If you want to see for yourself, try our to see how it could affect your situation.
Stimulus check proposal for income limits
|Full $1,400 per person maximum (based on AGI)||Not eligible (based on AGI)|
|Single taxpayer||Less than $75,000||$100,000 or more|
|Head of household||Less than $112,500||$150,000 or more|
|Married couple filing jointly||Less than $150,000||$200,000 or more|
Which tax year will be used to calculate my stimulus check: 2019 or 2020?
Tax season and the timing of awill most likely overlap. What that means for you is that the IRS will likely base your total on , whichever it has on hand when it determines the size of your payment. If you based on , but your check was lower because the IRS based it on your 2019 taxes, when you file in 2022.
Here’s how your check could be affected if you, and what would happen .
When could the IRS actually send out a third round of payments?
The IRS and the Department of the Treasury took just days to, starting shortly after former President Donald Trump signing . They had no choice: The language of the bill provided only a 17-day window to send the checks. There were , and now will have to . (Yes, .)
It appears that the IRS would automatically send a third check to recipients as it has done with the, with taxpayers and claiming any missing money as a or something like it, for the 2021 tax season in 2022. We walk through more possible scenarios for the .
Would the IRS have another tight deadline like last time?
The language of the most recent bill proposal (PDF) stipulates that the IRS will need to process all third stimulus checks by Dec. 31, 2021.
What can I do to get my third payment faster this time?
Yourare tightly intertwined. There are some important things to know about how your taxes can affect whether you’d qualify for a third stimulus check, depending on both the and your 2020 . But taxes are now also tied to any you or . Some members of Congress have asked the IRS to , we haven’t heard more on this.
If you file your taxes sooner, you can get athan if you, for example, file a tax extension. We also recommend setting up to get a catch-up payment faster — and potentially get a faster, too. And if you know.
What else could change before the third stimulus payment is finalized?
Besides possibly setting a hard income cap to qualify, the proposal embraces two changes that have been popular among Democratic lawmakers. The first would expand stimulus check qualifications to People’s Policy Project. That includes college students, and dependents of all ages with disabilities (not just those under 17 years old)., including 13.5 million more people, according to the
The second change to eligibility would include all “” with one or more family members who aren’t US citizens. An example would be parents who aren’t US citizens, but their US-born children are. The second stimulus checks . However, it doesn’t appear that people who are undocumented workers would in the third round.
Why some people may very well get less money with the third round of checks
A targeted income limit that cuts off all households above a certain threshold is one way a household could, but there are others, too. We explore that could have an effect, like if you got a raise in the past year or if you claim fewer dependents this time around. Here’s who .
Why others could expect a much larger payment this time
A larger maximum total per person is an obvious way your household would see more money from a third check over the second, but there’s more to it than that. Since the upper limit for thewith an extra (according to , more people hit the upper income limit for receiving a second payment. And that means they at all.
A third stimulus check could make more groups of people(namely who pay taxes), and bring a larger total check to qualified individuals and their families, including possible $1,400 payments to dependents. A change to your circumstances might also mean you qualify for more money this time. Here are other ways a in your pocket.
For more information about, here’s other funding that could be in the , how to and everything your (and the other way around).