If the IRS sends a second direct payment this year, the original CARES Act can provide insight into what a new round of payments may look like.
It’s coming down to the wire, but if new coronavirus relief legislation is approved before the Nov. 3 election, a second stimulus payment that resembles the first round could still be in the cards this year.
On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed a slimmed-down version of its Heroes Act, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is not expected to pick it up in the upper chamber. However, separate negotiations to reach a bipartisan agreement are continuing, and you may have many questions about what’s happening right now — or what the finer points are on the first check.
This hub aims to answer the most common stimulus check questions, including how much you could get in a new round (try the stimulus calculator for an estimate), how dependents will be counted and who may qualify. And if you’re a non-filer, you may be one of millions who could still be eligible for the first check, but you need to claim it soon.
The IRS tracking tool could be useful if you haven’t been able to locate your first stimulus payment — you can also file a missing payment report if you think it was lost or stolen. Keep reading for more details, and take a look at the most important things about stimulus checks you need to know. This story updates often.