Would you qualify for a? What about your ? And is there anything about your personal situation that could prevent you from receiving another check? While we won’t know all the ways at stimulus check requirements could shift until , three major clues reveal that at least one qualification will change.
As for the rest, we just don’t know yet. It’s also possible that at the end of thethere are additional modifications that could affect your income limit or certain people could expect based on their , , and more. The rules and exceptions aren’t easy to follow — even without changes — and so far there are scant details about whether more or fewer people could qualify overall.
Below we go over everything we know about stimulus check qualifications today, including a refresher on the current rules, what to do if you don’t usually file taxes and more. Be sure to also brush up on what to know about theand learn .
New proposed rules would favor some families over others
Three separate proposals have changed the language concerningand how much money you could see in a final check if you claim them on your taxes. would add $500 for each dependent, regardless of the person’s age.
Theseeks to largely keep the definition of a dependent restricted to “children,” but it raises the value to $1,000, which would . The added $500 per each child under 17 years old, but unless your , children 17 and older and adult dependents, like a parent, were passed over.
The first proposal would benefit families with older dependents, while the second benefits younger families. We’ll show you how to.
Who could qualify for a second stimulus payment? Here’s a list
It’s likely that if a second stimulus check is approved, it’ll follow many of the guidelines from the CARES Act thatin March. But it will also draw some changes from the , neither of which is law.
Who could qualify for a second stimulus check
|Qualifying group||Likely to be covered by the final bill|
|Individuals||An AGI of less than $99,000 (Same as CARES)|
|Head of household||An AGI of less than $146,500 (Same as CARES)|
|Couple filing jointly||An AGI less than $198,000 (Same as CARES)|
|Dependents of any age||As defined by your tax filing (HEALS proposal and revised Heroes Act)|
|US citizens living abroad||Yes, same as CARES|
|Citizens of US territories||Likely, with payments handled by each territory’s tax authority (CARES)|
|SSDI and tax nonfilers||Likely, but with an extra step to file (more below)|
|Disqualified group||Unlikely to be covered by the final bill|
|Noncitizens who pay taxes||Proposed in Heroes Act, unlikely to pass in Senate|
|Incarcerated people||Excluded under CARES Act|
|People who owe child support||Included in Heroes proposal, but excluded under CARES|
What role do taxes play in stimulus check eligibility?
For most people,. For example, the most important factor in setting income limits is , which determines how much of the $1,200 for individuals and $2,400 for married couples you could receive if you meet the other requirements.
Ourcan show you how much money you could potentially expect from a second check, based on your most recent tax filing. Read below for your eligibility if you don’t typically file taxes.
If you’re an older adult or retired, will you get a stimulus check?
Many, received a first stimulus check under the CARES Act, and would likely be eligible for a second one. For older adults and retired people, factors like , , your pension, if you’re part of the (also more below) and whether the IRS considers you a dependent would likely contribute to your chances of receiving a second payment.
What if you didn’t file a federal tax return in 2018 or 2019?
People who weren’t required to file a federal income tax return in 2018 or 2019 may not have been required to file:under the CARES Act. If that guideline doesn’t change for a second stimulus check, this group would qualify again. Here are reasons you might
- You’re over 24, you’re not claimed as a dependent and your income is less than $12,200.
- You’re married filing jointly and together your income is less than $24,400.
- You have no income.
- You receive federal benefits, such as Social Security or Social Security Disability Insurance. See below for more on SSDI.
With the first stimulus check, nonfilers needed to provide the IRS with some information before they could receive their payment. (If you still haven’t received a first check even though you were eligible, the IRS has extended its deadline to use its Non-Filers tool through Nov. 21.) who may fall into this category but who haven’t requested their payment.
You receive SSDI: Could you still see another payment?
Those who are part of the Direct Express card, which the government typically uses to distribute federal benefits, but through a non-Direct Express bank account or as a paper check. SSDI recipients also need to use the IRS’ Non-Filers tool to request a payment for themselves and dependents.under the CARES Act. Recipients wouldn’t receive their payments via their
What if you’re a US citizen abroad, or citizen of a US territory?
You may still be eligible for a stimulus check, but the rules are different, as laid out with the first check..
Which people did not receive the first check?
From the payment authorized under the CARES Act, which became law in March, these groups were excluded:
For more, here’s what we know about the. We also have information on , , and .