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Stimulus check 2 update: Status, latest news and how much you could get

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Stimulus check 2 could bring a second round of $1,200 direct payments to eligible taxpayers. With Congress working on a new relief bill, you might be wondering when you'll get additional stimulus money. We have the latest stimulus check 2 status and updates below.

A new direct payment could come at a pivotal time — with coronavirus still impacting the country, there is concern that the economic hardships of the pandemic are far from over. With this in mind, the Congress and the White House have attempted to agree on a plan, but cannot agree on spending.

In response to stalled talks, President Trump signed a series of executive orders in early August that include $400 in weekly aid to unemployed Americans, but the status of a second wave of $1,200 stimulus payments is unclear. 

Then, the Senate pushed skinny stimulus package with funding for the USPS and $300 per week enhanced unemployment benefits, but it does not include that second round of $1,200 direct payments to individuals and families. It didn't receive enough support, and lawmakers are back to the drawing board.

Will you meet stimulus check 2 eligibility guidelines? If passed, those who received the first stimulus check could receive the second one. People who make less than $75,000 a year according to their most recent tax return qualify for the first round's entire payment. Married couples, meanwhile, received a a larger payment if they have a joint total income of $150,000 or less. 

You can use a stimulus check 2 calculator to see how much you might get.

Here's everything we know about stimulus check 2, including when it might be approved by the Senate and sent out.

Stimulus check 2 status and update today (Sept. 23)

Stimulus check 2 negotiations may take a backseat as the Senate prepares to hold a hearing for the President's forthcoming Supreme Court nominee following the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Last week, Democrats have blocked the Senate's slimmed down $300 billion relief package, according to The Wall Street Journal. It included $300 in extra weekly federal unemployment benefits until December 27, more money for the Paycheck Protection Program and an additional aid U.S. Postal Service, coronavirus vaccine research and liability protections.

This so-called skinny bill did not include stimulus checks. And now both Democrats and Republicans appear to be pessimistic that they can reach a deal on aid before the November election. The fate of a second check could rest in the hands of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who can either reach a compromise with Republicans or hold firm on her demand for a $2.2 trillion deal.

President Trump tweeted that Republicans should "go for the much higher numbers" in a stimulus package, a position that Democrats have taken in negotiations between the two parties.

However, some Republicans do not want to spend more. "This used to be the White House versus Pelosi up until about now — now the president's coming in and saying we can maybe go to $1.5 trillion," senate finance chairman Chuck Grassley told Bloomberg

Previously, Mnuchin said that he would be ready to meet with Pelosi and floated an increase in stimulus-bill spending to $1.5 trillion. And once both parties can agree on a bill, you may not be waiting much longer for your check. 

There is some relief in sight, as the Lost Wages Assistance program will pay out up to $1,800 to most unemployed workers, according to CNBC.  

Stimulus check 2 eligibility: Who qualifies for a second payment?

If you were eligible for the first stimulus check, you should also be eligible for stimulus check 2. 

People who earned $75,000 or less per year according to their most recent tax returns qualified for the entire $1,200 stimulus check. Married people, or joint filers, who earn under $150,000 per year were eligible for $2,400.

Those who earn more, up to $100,000 per year, received a prorated amount. 

You can use the stimulus check 2 calculator to see how much you could expect from a second round of stimulus checks.

Stimulus check 2 date: What's the timeline?

The stimulus check 2 date could come into focus now that the Senate is back in session. Whether negotiators agree on a new package before the end of this week, or this month, will determine how soon stimulus check 2 will come.

The budget deadline is September 30, so they'd look to have a bill passed before then, most likely.

Stimulus check 2 amount requirements

It seems the stimulus check 2 amount will mirror the amount of first stimulus check. 

“We're talking about the same provision as last time, so our proposal is the exact same proposal as last time," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who is negotiating with lawmakers on behalf of the White House, told reporters. 

In other words, the new stimulus bill doesn't support the expansion of eligibility like the Heroes Act does. The Heroes Act proposes each member of a household—including children—$1,200 with a cap of $6,000 per family. As CNBC explains, this is an expansion of benefits over the first round of stimulus payments: under the Cares Act, dependent children ages 16 and younger were eligible for just $500 each.

This means that a family of four (two adults and two children under 17) that received $3,400 with the first stimulus payment would get $4,800 under the Heroes Act. Similarly, a family of four with two children in college would get $4,800 compared to just $2,400 allowed under the Cares Act. 

If you want a more exact idea of how much you might get from a second stimulus check, you can use this HEALS Act calculator from Omni Calculator. This tool allows you to enter your filing status, number of dependents and income, and then receive an estimated amount based on the guidelines of the HEALS Act.

Stimulus check 2 calculator: See how much you're eligible for

There’s no guarantee that stimulus check 2 will pass, but it could be useful to know how much you money you'll get as you look into your next few months of personal finances. It’s also useful to read up on the best ways to spend your stimulus check if you don’t already have a plan for your payment.

Although the stimulus check 2 qualifications haven’t been set by the government, this free stimulus check 2 calculator offers a value estimate based on the criteria for the first check. 

How it works: Go to https://www.omnicalculator.com/finance/stimulus-check-heals. Complete the short questionnaire. Enter how you filed your taxes (single/joint), how many children you have and your adjusted gross income (AGI) for 2019.

Stimulus check 2 vs. stimulus check 1

Wondering what's different between stimulus check 2 vs. stimulus check 1? Stimulus check 2 would provide a $500 benefit for dependent children of all ages, including college students and adults with disabilities. The first round of stimulus checks limited this payment to dependent children ages 16 and younger. This means that families with older dependents could receive more money with stimulus check 2. 

House Democrats put forward a similar proposal, though their HEROES Act would have increased the benefit amount to $1,200 per dependent but limited total payments to $6,000 per family. The initial draft of the HEALS Act does not appear to cap the number of eligible dependents per family. 

CNBC also reports that stimulus check 2 is protected from garnishment by debt collectors and banks, though unpaid child support can still be taken out of benefits. In addition, prisoners who are incarcerated in 2020 will remain largely ineligible. 

Stimulus check 2: Why do we need round 2?

While the pace of job loss is slowing, a record-breaking 43 million people have already filed for unemployment since the pandemic began, according to CNN. However, regular initial claims have fallen in every report over the past 10 weeks.

More people could still be laid off though. Financial technology firm SimplyWise reported that 63% of Americans require a second stimulus check if they're expected to pay bills. 

70% of Americans also believe the government should issue a second stimulus check, according to The Motley Fool.

While Senate majority leader Charles Schumer (NY) said he supports another round of rebate checks, Sen. Christstiopher Coons (D-Del.) is leaning towards alternatives.

“My concern is that [a second stimulus check is] not focused in a way that is designed to help create or help sustain jobs, to deal with rental housing or education,” Coons said. “My top priority is a robust round of assistance to state and local governments.”

Monthly stimulus check: Is $2,000 per month possible?

Forbes reports that a bill to provide monthly payments of $2,000 to Americans within a certain age and income bracket is "gaining steam" with some congressional supporters. The House bill was put forth by Rep. Time Ryan (D-OH) and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA.) 

Sens. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Bernie Sanders (D-VT) lead another Senate bill that proposes $2,000 for every U.S. citizen each month until the pandemic ends.

Despite both the House and Senate working on monthly payment bills, there could be too many roadblocks for either to pass. Not only would $2,000 create an enormous expense for the government, but it would be difficult to identify those who truly require financial support.

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