Will there be a second stimulus check?

By Christine Tran, 2020 Get It Back Campaign Intern

This page will be regularly updated as new information becomes available.

Last updated 11/19/2020

Will there be a second stimulus check?

A second stimulus check has not been finalized by Congress. Leaders in Congress are negotiating on a new economic stimulus bill, which includes the possibility of a second stimulus check.

When will a second stimulus check be issued?

While legislators hope to reach an agreement on an economic stimulus bill by the end of 2020, there is no guarantee that this will happen. If not, it is possible a new economic stimulus bill could be taken up by the new Congress in early 2021.

How much will I receive for the second stimulus check?

The final amount for the second stimulus checks has not been decided. Negotiations between House and Senate leaders are stalled so details about the second stimulus check are unclear.

There is some indications about the amount of the second stimulus check based on legislation considered earlier this year by the House and Senate.

The updated $2.2 trillion HEROES Act, passed by the House this summer, would give up to $1,200 for individuals or $2,400 for married couples, like the first stimulus check. However, unlike the first stimulus check, all dependents, regardless of age, would receive $500.

The Health, Economic, Assistance, Liability Protection, and Schools (HEALS) Act, supported by Senate leadership, is the same as the HEROES Act regarding stimulus checks. The HEALS Act would give up to $1,200 for individuals or $2,400 for married couples, like the first stimulus check. However, unlike the first stimulus check, all dependents, regardless of age, would receive $500.

Why is there a delay for a second stimulus check?

Congress is currently deadlocked on the cost and scope of the new economic stimulus bill. While House leaders want at least $2.2 trillion in coronavirus relief aid, Senate leaders object to that amount and are proposing to spend approximately $500 billion in coronavirus relief aid.

Both branches have expressed that they disagree on what should be included in COVID-19 relief measures and are unwilling to compromise on the cost of the new economic stimulus bill. There is no definite answer on when the second stimulus checks will be delivered until Congress can come to an agreement and pass a new economic stimulus bill.

What are the eligibility requirements for the second stimulus check?

The eligibility rules of the second stimulus checks have not been decided. Currently, negotiations between House and Senate leaders are stalled so details about the second stimulus check are unclear.

Depending on which economic stimulus bill is passed, the eligibility rules of the second stimulus check may be different than those of the first.

The updated $2.2 trillion HEROES Act, supported by Democrats, would allow immigrants with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to be eligible to receive a stimulus check. In the first stimulus check, only people with Social Security Numbers could receive a stimulus check. This bill would also protect people who owe past-due child support from having their stimulus check amount reduced. This was allowed in the first stimulus check.

What if I still haven’t received my first stimulus check?

If you haven’t received your first stimulus check AND you aren’t normally required to file taxes, follow these instructions and fill out the IRS Non-Filer tool to claim your payment. You have until November 21, 2020 to file (3 PM Eastern Time). Otherwise, you can claim your stimulus check as the Recovery Rebate Tax Credit when you file your 2020 federal tax return next year.

If you need help filing out the IRS Non-Filer tool, call United Way’s toll-free Stimulus Helpline: 1-844-322-3639 for free, live assistance.


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