Stimulus checks Round 2: What to expect

Congress will vote on raising payment amounts this week

President Trump on Sunday night signed a $900 billion coronavirus relief bill that calls for $600 economic impact payments to eligible American households, but there is still a chance those checks could be more than doubled.

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The president initially said he would not sign the bill, which was attached to a broader government funding package, protesting, in part, over the size of the direct payments.

He has not ceased calling for larger checks, and the House voted to increase the payments to the president’s desired $2,000 threshold on Monday.

Under the CARES Act, which passed earlier this year, eligible Americans received $1,200 checks -- or $2,400 for married couples.

The problem, however, is that some Republicans are against raising the payouts, which jeopardizes the chances that additional legislation will pass the Senate.

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Here’s what else you need to know about the pending stimulus payments.

Who is eligible?

There are income thresholds that determine who would receive another round of stimulus payments, which includes individuals earning up to $75,000, or $150,000 for married couples.

Beyond those income thresholds, the payments would begin to phase out at a rate of $5 per $100 of additional income.

Individuals earning more than $87,000 – $174,000 for married couples – will be ineligible for payments.

Qualifying children

Households with qualifying children would be eligible for an additional $600 per qualifying dependent.

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When could the cash hit your account?

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Twitter on Tuesday that the government would begin sending out paper checks on Wednesday, which are generally expected to arrive within two weeks.

People who have direct deposit information on file with the IRS will receive their payments quicker than those who receive prepaid debit cards or checks.

NBC reported on Monday that the government is still aiming to begin direct deposits this week, too.

Additionally, Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., tweeted last week that she and several other senators had worked to ensure that veterans, Social Security and Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries receive their payments, which had been a problem with the first round.

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