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    PostThe Last Outlaw Tue Dec 29, 2020 1:53 pm

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    Aimee Picchi of CBS News wrote:A second round of stimulus checks may soon land in the bank accounts of millions of Americans after President Donald Trump signed a $900 billion economic relief package on Sunday night. Yet in signing the bill, Mr. Trump once again called for its $600 stimulus checks to be boosted to $2,000 per person.

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    On Monday, the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday voted to pass a bill to increase the $600 stimulus checks to $2,000, with the bill receiving the needed two-thirds majority of the members voting to pass in the House. But the effort's future is uncertain given the bill would next need to earn a two-thirds majority from the Senate — and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has not indicated whether he will bring a vote to the floor on the larger checks.

    To be sure, millions of Americans could use bigger checks. Almost 6 in 10 consumers said they have suffered a financial setback due to the pandemic as of the end of November, according to a study from TransUnion, which also found that 40% of those households said they had been banking on the prospect of another stimulus check to help them pay their bills.

    At this point, it's most likely that people will still receive $600 checks, according to Wall Street analysts.

    "In our view, the $2k cash supplement is unlikely to pass the Republican Senate given the strained fiscal conservatism in the [Republican] caucus," Benjamin Salisbury and Hunter Hammond of Heights Securities stated in a December 29 research note. "We still expect eligible recipients to receive $600, not $2,000."

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    Even so, the odds of passing the $2,000 checks have increased — but still remain slim, Hunter said in a December 28 research note: "In total, we assign 30% odds (up from 10%) that a bill increasing direct payments to $2,000 will be signed into law this week," Hammond wrote.

    It would mark the second time lawmakers have sought to boost the checks to $2,000 per person, following a December 24 vote in the House during a pro forma session. That effort was blocked by House Republicans.

    Another $385 Billion Needed

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday urged Republicans to support the bigger checks. Republicans have pushed back against bigger checks because of their cost, which would amount to an estimated $530 billion, or about $385 billion more than what Congress approved with the $600 checks, according to Heights Securities.

    "The President must immediately call on Congressional Republicans to end their obstruction and to join him and Democrats in support of our stand-alone legislation to increase direct payment checks to $2,000, which will be brought to the Floor tomorrow," Pelosi tweeted on December 28.

    The $600 checks called for in the latest relief package would represent half of the $1,200 directed toward most adults in the first round of stimulus checks. Critics had said the aid would be helpful, but not enough to tide over families who have suffered income or job losses since the coronavirus pandemic shuttered the economy last March and caused unemployment to spike.

    What about timing of the checks?

    Before Mr. Trump's pushback, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had predicted on December 21 that some Americans could start receiving the funds as soon as the week of December 28.

    Despite the delay in signing the bill, the Treasury Department is working on getting checks deposited into people's accounts this week, although the timing could change, according to The Washington Post.

    The IRS will rely on the same banking information provided by tax returns and through the agency's "Get My Payment" portal, which allowed people to enter their banking information. The IRS site says its "Get My Payment" portal isn't currently open, but that it "continues to monitor and prepare for new legislation related to Economic Impact Payments," which is the term the IRS uses for stimulus checks.

    Who gets the $600 checks?

    The checks would represent half of the amount directed to most U.S. households in the spring, when the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (or CARES Act) authorized $1,200 checks for eligible adults.

    However, under the bill passed by Congress this month, one group of people would receive more money in the second round of stimulus checks than the first: dependent children, who would receive the same $600 checks as adults, up from the $500 checks that children received through the CARES Act in the spring.

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    Single people earning up to $75,000 would receive $600, while married couples earning up to $150,000 would receive $1,200.

    The second round of checks would have the same type of income phaseouts as in the CARES Act, with the stimulus check payments reduced for earnings above $75,000 per single person or $150,000 per married couple.

    The amount of payment individuals receive would be reduced by $5 for every $100 of income earned above those thresholds, according to the House Appropriations committee. That's similar to the CARES Act, but fewer higher-earning taxpayers would qualify for the checks under this formula when compared with the earlier bill.

    The second stimulus checks would be phased out entirely for single people earning over $87,000 or married couples earning more than $174,000 — compared with the CARES Act's phaseout for single people earning over $99,000 and for couples earning over $198,000.

    To check on how much you might receive, you can go to Omni Calculator's second stimulus calculator for an estimate.

    $600 For Each "Dependent" Child

    Aside from the smaller stimulus checks for adults, the other major change under the bill passed by Congress is the amount provided for dependent children: $600 for each child, up from $500 in the CARES Act.

    However, the bill states says the $600 would be directed toward each dependent child under age 17, which means that adults who are nevertheless claimed as dependents — such as college students and older high school students — wouldn't qualify for the checks.

    Adult dependents, such as seniors who are claimed as dependents on their adult children's tax returns, also wouldn't qualify for the checks. Excluding college students and other adult dependents was a matter of debate with the first round of checks, with some families arguing that older dependents should also qualify for the payments.

    A family of two parents with two child dependents could receive up to $2,400 under the provision, lawmakers said.

    "Mixed-Status" Households

    Couples who include an immigrant without a Green Card would also qualify for the checks, a provision that is retroactive to the CARES Act, the summary said.

    This is important to many families because the first round of stimulus checks only went to American citizens or immigrants with resident alien status, also known as a Green Card. Legal immigrants without a Green Card, as well as undocumented immigrants, were excluded — and American citizens married to immigrants without a Green Card were also excluded, as well as their children, even if the young dependents are citizens.

    Denying checks to U.S. citizens due to their spousal or parental relationship to an immigrant prompted lawsuits earlier this year over what plaintiffs claimed was an unconstitutional action.

    How About Social Security Recipients?

    One glitch in the first stimulus payments was a slower rollout for Social Security recipients, as well as Supplemental Security Income recipients, Railroad Retirement Board beneficiaries and Veterans Administration beneficiaries. Because some of those recipients don't file tax returns — which the IRS relied on for distributing the earliest stimulus payments — millions of them waited weeks or months to get their checks.

    But the new bill would ensure that those recipients would receive the $600 checks automatically, according to Senator Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, who worked on a bipartisan stimulus bill that became the framework for the latest negotiations.

    "I am particularly glad that the final text of the relief package includes my bipartisan bill to ensure that recipients of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income and certain VA benefits will receive these payments automatically," Hassan said in an email to CBS MoneyWatch.

    That means that millions of Social Security, SSI, VA and Railroad Retirement benefits wouldn't risk missing out on receiving the payments, she added.

    As of right now, it's just $600 that individuals will receive.  I say "as of right now" because it was reported that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has blocked a vote raising these payments to $2,000.  We will see what happens next as the drama unfolds while millions of Americans continue to struggle in the midst of this pandemic.

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    PostKyng Thu Dec 31, 2020 4:32 am

    Yeah, $600 is disappointingly small. According to a recent poll, 76% of Americans think the checks should be $1,000 or more (although, only 43% think they should be as large as $2,000).

    Now that the $600 has already passed, I just hope it's followed up by more aid in the near future.

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