Third Round Of American Stimulus Cheques. Who is eligible?

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Published on: 12-03-2021 Last modified on: 20-11-2023


Third Round Of Stimulus Cheques.  Who is eligible? Who isn’t?

This is what we know so far.

President Joe Biden’s US $ 1.9 trillion Rescue Plan

Millions of Americans receive a one-time payment of up to $ 1,400, according to USA Today . Even if they live outside America. The payments are part of President Joe Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion rescue plan, his first major initiative since taking office in January. Biden is expected to sign this act  on March 11 or 12

Who receives this support?

Unlike the other two payments, not everyone will be eligible for the stimulus payment of $ 1,400. Under the new act, individuals with gross (AGI) income of $ 80,000 or less ($ 160,000 for joint filers) are eligible for a one-time payment of up to $ 1,400, plus an additional $ 1,400 for each dependent child.

Support levels will be phased out for those earning more than $ 75,000 and will be phased out completely for anyone earning more than $ 80,000. For spouses filing jointly, the phase-out begins for those making $ 150,000 and cuts at $ 160,000.

In addition, there are a number of conditions, for example if the person is reported as a dependent in the declaration of someone else, then the person does not receive the support.

Third stimulus check: qualifications

Qualifying group What’s proposed
Individuals An AGI of less than $80,000 to qualify for any payment amount
Head of household An AGI of less than $120,000 to qualify for any payment amount
Couple filing jointly An AGI less than $160,000 to qualify for any payment amount
Dependents of all ages $1,400 apiece, no cap — but only if guardians make under the above limits
Families with mixed US citizenship Provided they meet other qualifications
US citizens living abroad Yes, same as first two checks
Citizens of US territories Yes, same as first two checks, with payments handled by each territory
SSDI and other tax nonfilers Yes, but may require an extra step to claim
Incarcerated people Initially excluded by IRS interpretation, and up for discussion in third check
People who owe child support Excluded under CARES, but included in second check
Disqualified groups Not covered by law
Non-US citizens “Resident aliens” aren’t included
Noncitizens who pay taxes Possibly, depending on “mixed-status” rules


Students of 17 years old

Another revision in Biden’s act is good news for many students. In the first two rounds, students 17 or older were not eligible for benefits or their parents or guardians claimed to be dependent. Nor did their parents receive the extra money, because that only applied to children aged 16 and under.

As a result, many high school and senior and college students were denied a check and their parents were not given the extra money. This time, parents with dependent children of any age will receive $ 1,400 per child as long as they meet the income requirements.

Child support

A special part of the act  is about extra support for Americans with young children. A historic social step for America.

Normally, one is entitled to a Child Tax Credit (CTC) in the tax return. This credit reduces the amount owed and is refundable up to $ 1,400, if you have been a resident of the U.S. for at least 6 months during this tax year. Under Biden’s new act, the Child Tax Credit is increased to $ 3,000 per dependent child ($ 3,600 under the age of 6) if the income is below $ 75,000 for an individual ($ 150,000 for an American couple). The phase-out for this child benefit is broader than for the regular support, the child benefit is being phased out to an income of $ 200,000 ($ 400,000 for American couples).

Extra support for the unemployed

In December, Congress approved weekly aid ($ 300) for the unemployed. This support would expire in March 2021, in Biden’s new act this support is extended to September 6, 2021. Note, unlike the regular support, unemployment benefits are usually taxed by the IRS, among others, the Washington Post. It is not yet clear whether this will be changed given the situation.

It is currently unclear whether the extra support for the unemployed will also be paid out to Americans living abroad.

Deceased and received a check in 2020?

In 2020, the IRS called for checks to be returned from deceased people. Now it appears, according to several American accountants, that family members who file 2020 for the deceased can indeed use the “Rebate Credit”, so that they still receive the stimulus support, provided that the deceased naturally meets the income conditions that apply to the aid awarded in 2020.

These deceased individuals are not eligible for the $ 1,400 payment of 2021.

Low-income people who do not file taxes

Low-income people who haven’t filed taxes in the past two years are eligible for a check, but millions of them won’t get one unless they take action. To obtain the first and second support, one must submit a return for the year 2020 and use Rebate Credit. They will still receive the (full) amount.

Those who receive Social Security benefits are probably ok. Social Security recipients are automatically given a “relief check” if the IRS follows the same procedure as the first two rounds. If so, the government uses Social Security data to determine how much they receive and where it is sent. The payment is based on the 2019 tax return

The IRS holds the income of the 2019 tax return, unless the 2020 tax year has already been filed with the IRS. If the income is clearly lower in 2020 than in 2019, it may therefore be wise to file an accelerated declaration in order to receive a full benefit.

When does the IRS start paying out?

Hard to say. The Ministry of Finance has not indicated when it will distribute the money. The timeline will likely be similar to the second round of payments approved in December. Americans who received their checks via direct bank transfer received the amount about two weeks after the legislation was signed. Those who received a paper check had to wait longer.

Biden said last week that many Americans should receive their payments by the end of the month. The IRS said in mid-February that it had distributed all checks to everyone eligible for the first two rounds. More than 160 million payments totalling $ 270 billion were distributed during the first round last spring, the agency said. At the end of last year, more than 147 million payments were made during the second round for a total of more than 142 billion dollars.

Disclaimer: The official details of the act have not yet been published by the IRS. The above text is based on press publications and news broadcasts. This text will be supplemented in the coming days with all information to be announced.

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