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A new stimulus bill passed on Thursday… or did it? The(aka Heroes 2.0) , but negotiations over are still ongoing. Although there’s no new viable legislation today to authorize , one thing is clear: All sides desperately want to . So how much money can you count on?
Thewas worth up to $1,200 per adult, but a second stimulus check may amount to more or less, especially if the are broadened or if your since the first round in March (try to estimate your check). These (among others) will shape the size of a potential payment.
Read on to see how some realistic scenarios could play out — it may also be helpful to know how your yearly. This story updates often.
You could get less than $1,200 — or maybe more
If another stimulus bill passes and you get an extra stimulus check, it’s likely that $1,200 will remain the maximum for individuals, as it was in the. For most people, calculating the total amount requires them to know .
That’s just the start. Family circumstances, like if you file taxes jointly with your spouse, and a range ofalso play a role. A new change to let qualify could bring in more money, too. Here are some potential scenarios based on our , which you can also use to get a more specific estimate for your particular situation.
How much stimulus money could you get?
|Scenario 1||Scenario 2||Scenario 3||Scenario 4||Scenario 5|
|Tax filing status||Single||Head of household||Married||Married||Married|
|2018 or 2019 tax AGI||$55,000||$80,000||$110,000||$110,000||$200,000|
|Dependents under 17 (CARES Act)||0||1||2||2||2|
|Dependents over 17 (HEALS Act)||0||0||0||2||0|
|Estimated check amount||$1,200||$1,700||$3,400||$4,400||$900|
Best ways to get ready for the IRS to send a second check
The IRS will send your check automatically, if you’re eligible, but there may be some things you can do to help make sure you receive your money quickly, if another direct payment occurs.
Register for direct deposit to your bank account: Direct deposit will be the fastest way to get your money. The IRS already has a system in place to electronically transfer the funds into your checking account. That is, if you already provided those details if youwith your first check or as part of filing your IRS tax return.
Look for the registration tool to reopen if another check passes. If you don’t have a bank account, read on for other ways to prepare.
If you moved, you need to let the post office know: A physical check is the most likely way, after direct deposit, that you’ll receive a stimulus check. If you’ve moved recently, you’ll need to file a change of address with the US Postal Service, since the IRS will mail your check to your last known address.
Keep an eye on the mail: Instead of a paper check, about 4 million people received a prepaidin the mail. This is money you can spend like cash on a debit card. The cards came in plain, unmarked envelopes that were prone to being tossed. When and if the time comes, you can sign up for a free USPS service to so there are no surprises — or disappointments.
Beware of scams:, and it’s still ongoing as . Fraudsters prey on people they consider vulnerable. Knowing common attacks can help you recognize and avoid them. There’s no second stimulus check right now, but that won’t stop a scammer from trying to take advantage.
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The maximum amount your family could look for from another check
It depends. If the qualifications expand to includewith no age restriction, a married couple who files jointly and has a large number of dependents could get thousands without limit. It all comes down to the requirements.
A quick, hypothetical estimate with: A married couple filing jointly, with a combined of $75,000 per year and that has eight dependents, could potentially receive $5,200 in a second check.
How Americans used the first round of stimulus checks
A recent survey looked at how Americans are using their stimulus checks. According to research from the National Bureau of Economic Research:
- 15% of recipients said they spent or would spend most of their checks.
- 33% said they mostly saved.
- 52% said they paid down debt.
In general, the report found that lower-income households were significantly more likely to spend their stimulus check, higher-income individuals were more likely to save it and those with mortgages or who were renters were much more likely to pay off debt.
According to the US Census Bureau, here’s the breakout for households that spent their stimulus checks on items other than savings or paying down debt.
- 80% of those who spent their checks reported using it on food.
- 77.9% spent it on rent, mortgage and utilities.
- 58.2% bought household supplies and personal care products.
- 20.5% purchased clothing.
- 8.1% spent it on household goods — such as TVs, electronics, furniture and appliances — or recreational goods, including fitness equipment, toys and games.
Looking for more stimulus check information? Read up on all the. If you’re still waiting for your first , here are , or has fallen through the cracks and .