We have a clearer idea of the $1,400 stimulus check schedule: 2 possible timelinesFebruary 16, 2021
With the proposal (PDF), which includes a of up to , still has a number of iterations to go before it’s ready to come to a vote. But the Democrats will use to push the bill through could also affect the timeline of when those get approved. (Here’s what we know about .)concluded, Congress can and will now turn its full attention to building and passing President Joe Biden’s . The latest
Top leaders have a specific due date in mind — about four weeks from now — but that’s assuming everything runs like clockwork. With only three weeks where the Senate and House of Representatives are officially in session (and able to vote on a bill), any back and forth could push the timeline back.
On top of that, we need to account for the lag time between when theand how long it takes for the money to land in your or . The payment group you fit into will play a part and so will the fact that a . We map out possible dates and explore questions about the below. This story was updated with new information.
Timeline for a third stimulus payment: The dates to watch
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she expects to pass her chamber by the end of February. Roughly, the first version of the would originate in the House and then get picked up by the Senate, which is expected to make amendments and send it back to the House for passage before being signed into law.
“We hope to have this all done by the end of February,” Pelosi said on Feb. 11. “Certainly on the president’s desk in time to offset the March 14 deadline where some would expire.”
We’ve laid out some hypothetical dates for two situations: if a bill were to become law before by March 14, or if it slips a week as a result of back-and-forth negotiations and the tight timeline to craft the bill. The chart below highlights when the IRS could potentially send the next stimulus check, based on how quickly it processed and sent out the second stimulus payments.
Note that different payment groups by method (, and ) may begin to show up at different times. And it could take weeks for people in a group to all get their funds, so consider these dates a starting point only, and read on for more details. We’ll refresh these dates as the situation evolves.
When could the next stimulus check possibly arrive?
|Stimulus check passes Congress||Friday, March 12||Monday, March 22|
|Stimulus bill signed into law||Sunday, March 14||Tuesday, March 23|
|First direct deposit check sent||Week of March 22||Week of March 29|
|First paper checks sent||Week of March 29||Week of April 5|
|First EIP cards sent||Week of April 5||Week of April 12|
|Claims for missing stimulus money open||May 3||May 3|
Which stimulus payment group could you fall into? It matters
The way you get your stimulus money could help determine when you get your stimulus money. deposits going to temporary accounts, which were rejected by banks.typically get their stimulus checks faster, as evidenced by the first two rounds of payments. But both times there have been issues involving
The IRS told CNET in January that some people who received a physical check orthe first time may get paid by the other method the second time around. And, anecdotally, we’ve heard of people who received direct deposit payments the first time finally getting an EIP card in the mail — and not an electronic bank transfer — two weeks after the IRS tool said the payment was issued.
Our recommendation is to make sure you haveas part of your , if you . We also suggest you attempt to , so you’re set with your most recent financial information.
The other payment groups loosely defined (by us) include Social Security beneficiaries, who received payments a different way the first time if they’re part of the, and people with more complex scenarios that could lead to potential . People in different have been one example, and so have , as well as those with .
How soon could everyone get their stimulus checks?
In fewer than three weeks from the date the IRS and Treasury sent about 147 million payments. That was a tremendously . Back in March, it took the IRS 19 days after the CARES Act passed before the Treasury and IRS issued the first round of those $1,200 checks, out of a total of about 160 million payments.bill passed in December, the
In both cases, delivery didn’t always go smoothly. Some people reported they received EIP cards from the second payment two weeks after the date the. (If you didn’t get yours, you have to .)
There was also aas a result of the IRS’ rush to get payments delivered and people who didn’t get their payment may now have to . But the scenario suggests that if the protocols are in place, the IRS could theoretically ship out third stimulus checks within days and weeks, rather than weeks and months. Tax season, however, could throw a big wrench into the gears — more below.
Tax season may affect your next stimulus payment
Since theis likely to drop in the (taxes are ), the IRS may have to based on the most recent tax filing it has. That would be your , or 2019 if the check is ready before your tax return is.
If you’re owed money, you, until you file your 2021 taxes in 2022, according to the latest proposal.
By mid-March, tens of millions of Americans may have already received their tax refunds, which could make it tricky for the IRS to straighten out problems or redact refunds after issuing.
Could your third stimulus payment possibly arrive quicker than the last one? Here’s what to know
There may be, assuming it happens. For example, signing up for in your 2020 tax return would put you in the priority category for a third stimulus payment.
And if you’ve. Here are our other suggestions for how people can make it more likely to . Note that there could be some that may not apply to a possible third stimulus check.
Will the IRS have another cutoff date for sending out payments?
The Jan. 15 deadline set for the second stimulus check was written into the text of the bill without explanation. It isn’t immediately clear if the bill text would adopt another cutoff in the future, or if that was a one-time consideration that took into account the IRS’s overlapping need to process stimulus checks and prepare for the. Last year, the .
The two overlap with the second stimulus check in that anyone who didn’t receive all or part of their second payment must claim it as part of the IRS’— even if they have .
Is a third stimulus payment actually guaranteed?
A bill that includes a stimulus payment isn’t a done deal until it’s signed into law. That said, Biden appears determined to drive forward a $1,400 check as part of his, and Democrats in Congress have paved the way to push a bill through Republican opposition .
Here’s, including what to do if you run into problems with .