A second round of stimulus checks might be going out to Americans soon. On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools (HEALS) Act, which includes another round of stimulus checks similar to those distributed as part of the CARES Act earlier this year.
As with the first stimulus checks, payments will be for up to $1,200 per person and the amount you get will depend on how much you earn, whether you're married, and if you have dependents.
With millions still unemployed, Americans have been looking for more economic relief. More than three-quarters of swing state voters, including 68% of Republicans, support an additional round of stimulus payments, according to a recent CNBC/Change Research poll.
It's important to note, though, that the plan isn't official yet: Congress still needs to come to an agreement over the details of a potential economic relief package. The timeline for receiving payments would depend on how quickly Congress can reach an agreement. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said he hopes the legislation is finalized by the end of the month, but major differences between the parties, and their proposals, persist.
Regardless, the new stimulus checks are expected to make it into the final bill, as both parties' proposals include another round of checks and President Donald Trump has expressed support for the additional payments.
"The president's preference is to make sure that we send out direct payments quickly so that in August, people get more money," Mnuchin said in an interview with CNBC last week.
This calculator can help you figure out how much money you'd get in your second stimulus check under the HEALS Act.
According to the HEALS Act, the government will base the amount you receive on the adjusted gross income, or your income minus certain deductions, that you reported on your most recent taxes. If you haven't filed your 2019 taxes yet, they'll look at what you reported for 2018.
Individuals who earn up to $75,000 a year will be eligible for a one-time maximum relief payment of $1,200. If your salary is more than $75,000 but less than $99,000, you're eligible for a reduced payment. The government will base the amount you receive on a sliding scale, with the amount falling by $5 for every $100 in income above $75,000.
If you're married and filing jointly, you're eligible for a $2,400 check, as long as your adjusted gross income is less than $150,000 a year. If you and your partner earn more than $150,000 but less than $198,000, you're still eligible for a reduced payment based on the same sliding scale, which subtracts $5 for every $100 in income you earn over that $150,000 threshold.
If you're a parent, you may also receive up to an additional $500 per child, no matter your filing status. Unlike the first round of checks, which limited qualified dependents to those under 17, Mnuchin has said that all dependents will qualify for the additional $500.
If you're a single parent, which usually means you file your taxes as a "head of household," you're eligible for the full $1,200 check, as long as you earn less than $112,500 a year. If you make more than $112,500 but less than $136,500, your check will be reduced using the same sliding scale.
The new proposal from the Republican-led Senate has major differences from the HEROES Act, passed by House Democrats in May. One major sticking point is in the expanded unemployment benefits proposed by the two bills: The HEROES Act extends the additional $600-per-week benefit through the end of the year, while the HEALS Act would cut the benefit to $200 per week temporarily while setting up a system that would limit total benefits to 70% of a worker's salary starting in October.
If you set up direct deposit with the IRS, the government will send your relief payment to the bank account they have on file, meaning you should receive the funds more quickly.
If you don't have direct deposit set up, you will receive either a check or a prepaid debit card in the mail. At a recent Congressional hearing, Mnuchin vowed to improve the delivery of debit cards, many of which got mistaken for a scam the last time around.
Those whose 2019 tax returns have been processed should receive their checks more quickly, Garrett Watson, senior policy analyst at the Tax Foundation, told CNBC.
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