Wondering when you might receiveand how much of the ? The schedule for sending another round of direct payments is in question until the are agreed upon by Washington lawmakers. Only after a bill becomes law can the IRS coordinate sending another check. And that means playing the waiting game. The question is: for how long?
And that is the trillion dollar question. First, the-- or whatever the final legislation winds up being called -- has to pass. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell set an initial deadline of Aug. 7 to reach an agreement before the Senate's month-long break this month, though he can delay the recess if lawmakers need more time to debate. As of Friday, an agreement on the package, which includes another round of stimulus checks, was still far off when Congress adjourned for the weekend.
"We anticipate that we will have a bill, but we're not there yet," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Friday.
What does that mean for the IRS' payment schedule and what the window looks like for receiving more stimulus money? Read on for what we think we know, based on the timeline used to send theand details about the current proposal being discussed. We update this story often with new information.
When the next IRS stimulus checks could go out
The Senate's last day in session before its August recess is Aug. 7, which means Congress has to agree on abefore then if it keeps to its planned schedule (which could change). After that, senators return to their home states until the next session picks up again Sept. 8. However, we do know that McConnell has the power to push back the recess and keep senators in Washington longer if needed.
We don't know how long it'll take from the time the bill is signed into law to the time the IRS sends checks, but we can glean hints based on the firstjourney through the final approval process.
When could the second stimulus checks go out?
|Date passed by Senate
|Date passed by House
|First checks sent
|Original CARES Act
|Negotiation time before deadline
|Deadline to pass a bill
|7 to 9 days
|If Senate passes
|If House passes
|If President signs
|First checks could be sent
|Final negotiated bill
|Week of Aug. 24
|Sept. 10 or Sept. 11
|Week of Sept. 28
How could the new stimulus check arrive quicker than last time?
We know that the HEALS Act will follow the stimulus check model of the CARES Act, with at least one significant difference. Here's how that could get you a check sooner:
- HEALS Act guidelines stay mostly the same as those of the original CARES Act, which allows the IRS to follow its previous model.
- The IRS already built its Get My Payment tool for the dual purposes of payment and signing up for .
- Implementing this tool -- and working out glitches -- for the first round of checks took time that the IRS is unlikely to need to process a second check.
What could delay the IRS sending the next stimulus payments?
If Congress and President Donald Trump can't agree on the provisions in the new stimulus bill and miss the Aug. 7 deadline, it would be another month before the next session starts and the Senate and the House can reconvene and propose, debate and pass the bill, unless the House and Senate delay the start of their August recess.
Both chambers of Congress and the president appear motivated to pass the bill before Aug. 7.
When's the last date I could get the new stimulus check?
Once again, the schedule for the first stimulus checks can provide a potential roadmap, though there's no official news until another rescue package is finalized.
The IRS will have sent about 200 million checks by the time it's done distributing the first raft of payments. (The total US population is nearly 330 million people, according to the Census Bureau.)
The majority of those were sent by the beginning of June, though the IRS said it will continue to disburse the final batches through the end of the year. If there are, it's possible that it won't take as long to send a second round of payments.
Would this be the final stimulus check?
In May, McConnell said that this next coronavirus relief bill will also be the last. The course of COVID-19 infections will certainly play a role in future debates over the best way to strengthen the economy. Coronavirus infections, with record numbers of infections rising in July.
However, the White House might try to squeeze in one more stimulus check before November. "There is likely going to be another round of stimulus come the fall," said Kevin Cirilli, Bloomberg News' lead Washington correspondent, on Monday. "The president sees this [current HEALS Act stimulus package] as not his last economic pitch ahead of the election."
How can you get more help?
If you're still waiting on the first round of coronavirus payments, you can, learn and find possible .
Here are even more resources aboutand , , and , and how to .
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