Second stimulus check might still be sent to qualifying adults. Who could be eligible? – CNET

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Congress hasn't yet agreed who'll be eligible to receive a second stimulus check, but it's expected that more people will be included the second time around.


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            <p class="speakableTextP1">If a <span class="link" data-track="anchorLink"><a href="https://www.cnet.com/personal-finance/stimulus-check-2-how-fast-the-irs-can-send-it-to-you-if-congress-strikes-a-deal/" data-component="linkTracker" data-link-tracker-options="{"action":"link_anchor"}">second stimulus check</a></span> for qualifying Americans is approved through an <span class="link" data-track="anchorLink"><a href="https://www.cnet.com/personal-finance/will-there-still-be-a-new-stimulus-package-its-possible-heres-why/" data-component="linkTracker" data-link-tracker-options="{"action":"link_anchor"}">overarching stimulus bill</a></span> or <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-09-04/trump-says-he-wants-to-give-leftover-300-billion-to-taxpayers" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer nofollow" data-component="externalLink">executive order</a> before the end of 2020, the total amount you might receive will depend on a range of factors, such as the <span class="link" section="shortcodeLink"><a href="https://www.cnet.com/personal-finance/stimulus-check-who-counts-as-a-dependent-on-your-taxes-and-how-much-money-could-you-get/">number of dependents</a></span> you can claim and your <span class="link" section="shortcodeLink"><a href="https://www.cnet.com/personal-finance/stimulus-check-what-is-your-agi-and-what-does-it-have-to-do-with-another-payment/">yearly income</a></span>. </p><p class="speakableTextP2">There are also sure to be specific guidelines for people who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), people who don't typically file taxes (nonfilers) and exceptions to the rules that have <a href="https://www.cnet.com/personal-finance/stimulus-check-whats-the-youngest-you-can-be-to-get-your-own-money-its-a-bit-complicated/">kept 17- to 24-year-olds from claiming their own stimulus checks</a>. (Note: <a href="https://www.cnet.com/personal-finance/gop-covid-relief-bill-failed-in-senate-is-there-hope-for-a-new-stimulus-check-and-package/">9 million people who qualified</a> for the <a href="https://www.cnet.com/news/stimulus-check-eligibility-fine-print-limit-and-how-the-first-payment-might-shape-the-next-rescue-package/">first stimulus payment</a> can still get it.) 

And family groups in one demographic could net an even larger sum. Keep reading for more information and check back on this story for regular updates. You can also try out CNET's stimulus check calculator to estimate how much you could get with a new round of checks.

Stimulus check eligibility: Where the requirements stand now

We won't know for certain who will qualify for a new stimulus payment until Congress passes the legislation. We can, however, draw from the first stimulus check's eligibility requirements and the Heroes Act and HEALS Act proposals (neither of which is law) to get an idea of who may or may not get a second check, including a few unexpected qualifiers below. 

Both Republicans and Democrats are using adjusted gross income, or AGI, to determine the payment amount for individuals and families, which would cap at $1,200 for individuals and $2,400 for married couples.

                                <h2><span>Who might qualify for the next stimulus check</span></h2>
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<h2>    Rules over dependents could change in a big way<br></h2>While the initial payments  authorized under the CARES Act included $500 for <span class="link" section="shortcodeLink"><a href="https://www.cnet.com/personal-finance/stimulus-check-who-counts-as-a-dependent-on-your-taxes-and-how-much-money-could-you-get/">dependents aged 16 and  younger</a></span>, the HEALS and Heroes Act would both loop in any dependent,  regardless of age, including college students and adult dependents. (Here's <span class="link" section="shortcodeLink"><a href="https://www.cnet.com/personal-finance/stimulus-check-whats-the-youngest-you-can-be-to-get-your-own-money-its-a-bit-complicated/">the youngest you can be</a></span> to qualify for your own stimulus check.)

The Democratic plan would extend $1,200 each, for up to three dependents, so a family of five people could receive a maximum of $6,000. The Republican plan would provide $500 for each dependent you claim on your taxes, but the HEALS Act doesn't specify a cap on the number of dependents.

Nonfilers could qualify again — what we know

Those who weren't required to file a federal income tax return in either 2018 or 2019 could still be eligible for a stimulus check 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 not have been required to file:

  • You're over 24, 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 (SSDI). 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 checks. The IRS is reaching out to 9 million Americans who may fall in this category but have not requested their payment to notify them they may be due a payment.

SSDI recipients could claim stimulus checks

Those who are part of the Social Security Disability Insurance program also qualify for a check under the CARES Act. Recipients would not receive their payments through their Direct Express card, which the government usually uses to distribute federal benefits, but through a non-Direct Express bank account or through a paper check. SSDI recipients also need to use the IRS' Non-Filers tool to request a payment for themselves and dependents.

This is who the first stimulus payment skipped 

For the payments authorized under the CARES Act, which became law in March, these groups were excluded:

  • Single taxpayers with an AGI over $99,000.
  • Heads of households with an AGI over $136,500.
  • Married couples with an AGI over $198,000.
  • Children over 16 and college students under age 24.
  • Nonresident aliens, as defined by the US government.
  • People who are incarcerated.
  • People who died since the previous tax filing. (Their families may not collect on their behalf and are expected to return the payment.)

For more, here's what we know about the major proposals for a second stimulus package. We also have information on unemployment insurance, what you can do if you've lost your job, if you could receive two refund checks from the IRS and what to know about evictions.

Shelby Brown contributed to this report.

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