Afor up to is (at least compared to the second check) — however, this time it’s likely to be than the others, . And , if Congress goes ahead and introduces .
On the other hand, there are some Californians could see an extra $600 check.)and income details under discussion as part of the that could also make the far larger for your household. (Changes to the could add another big bonus, too, and
In addition, aor new life circumstances could also lead to a than you got in the . We’ll walk through some hypothetical situations that could occur. This story was recently updated.
A dependent of any age could count toward $1,400
Childdon’t get their own checks, but in the first round of payments, they counted toward $500 apiece to their household, and the second round gave households an additional $600 per child age 16 and under.
The The Washington Post reported, going toward the family total. So in theory, a family of four that met could receive . It isn’t clear if there would be a cap on the number of dependents you could claim in this situation.could raise the figure to $1,400 apiece,
More dependents could be included this time toward the household check
The House this week is looking at expanding the definition to include all dependents.? The could have a different answer. For the , a dependent was understood to be any child aged 16 or younger. But a growing chorus of voices, including Biden’s, seeks to expand the definition to include anyone you can claim on — such as children over 16 and under your care. That would include child dependents of any age with disabilities.
If Congress approves Biden’s proposal — and again, all of this is still in flux — that could bring your family more money by raising the number of overall dependents. It isn’t clear if the new qualifications would only apply to people excluded in the first two rounds, as a make-up payment, though that hasn’t been part of the public conversation.
Does your household have a new dependent?
If you had or adopted a new child, if an older relative moves in with you or if for whatever other reason you’ve gained a dependent since the last round of stimulus payments, you may see a larger check.
Are you a ‘mixed-status’ citizenship family? You could still qualify for a third check
According to Biden’s stimulus plan, morewould be eligible for a stimulus check. The for the first check by making it possible for families where to be eligible for a check. Biden’s proposal would work with more scenarios; for example, it would potentially provide stimulus check money to a household of US-citizen children with noncitizen parents.
If your employment status changed, it could impact your payment
If you became unemployed this year or your wages dropped, that could, which is used to determine your payment. For example, if you got a partial payment with the first or second check, a third check could bring you a full payment if you’re no longer employed.
What happens if you got married and are filing jointly for the first time this year?
Depending on several variables that include your spouse’s filing status and any new dependents, a change in marital status could result in a larger check. For example, if you were single and filing alone, you got $1,200 at most the first time around. Married, you could be eligible for up to $2,400, sinceis based on your combined household income.
If a third stimulus check arrives for $2,000 per person, your spouse could double it to $4,000. Alternatively, if yourwould only get you a on your own, filing jointly with a spouse with an income under the threshold could qualify you for the whole check total.
If you share custody of a dependent, it could make a difference
If you meet specific qualifications, you and the child’s other parent. That means you could get an extra $500 or more in the third stimulus check, especially if anything in your situation changed between the time you filed your 2019 tax return and your future 2020 return. The third check allowance would be based on your .
A change involving inmates might become permanent
A federal judge has ruled that. If the ruling stands, these people may be entitled to a third stimulus check as well as the first two, with more potential money for dependents.
Stimulus checks for undocumented residents: Not decided yet, but still seems unlikely
Democrats have proposed thatfunds if they pay taxes (through an ITIN number). This provision was that passed the House of Representatives in two forms, but it didn’t become law. Currently, you need to have a Social Security number to be eligible for a stimulus check.
If a third stimulus check arrives, that would mean this group could potentially get a check for thousands of dollars. It seems unlikely to happen, however: On Feb. 4, the Senate passed an amendment blocking stimulus payments from undocumented immigrants. (This has no impact on eligibility for .) While the amendment isn’t binding, it seems unlikely that senators will change their position now that they’re on the record, according to The Hill.
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