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What amount can I expect with a second possible stimulus check?

The first round of coronavirus stimulus checks started being paid at the end of April with the Trump administration exploring the possibility of a second wave of payments.

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What amount can I expect with a second possible stimulus check?
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At present it's not clear if the US government will issue a second round of stimulus checks for those eligible claimants, with already over 155 billion dollars having been out in 88 million checks and with a total of 150 million non-taxable payments expected to be made out by the end of the scheme.

U.S. President Donald Trump answers questions at the daily coronavirus task force briefing flanked by Vice President Mike Pence at the White House in Washington, U.S

Back at the beginning of April, US president Donald Trump confirmed that possibility of a second stimulus check was “absolutely under serious consideration.

Contradictory messages

Early optimism for those hoping to secure a second payment was tempered last weekend when White House economic adviser Kevin Hasset admitted that another round of coronavirus relief legislation might not be necessary, arguing that “because there's been good news really, that the economy opening up is starting to happen faster than we expected” then there is a chance no further relief, including a second stimulus check would be needed.

Sin titulo(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 14, 2020 US President Donald Trump speaks as US Vice President Mike Pence listens during a press briefing about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) alongside members of the Coronavirus Task Force in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, DC. -

Next steps

For a second stimulus check to materialise, legal representatives from both sides of the political divide will need to come together to agree on future steps. These meetings are expected to take place over the next few days and set to be instrumental in determining if a second stimulus check is issued or not, and whether or not there may be any future stimulus checks.

The Economic Impact Payments, as titled by the IRS are worth up to $1,200 for individuals or $2,400 for married couples, plus $500 for each qualifying child.

The United States has registered the highest number of deaths relating to the Covid-19 virus in the world with over 70,000 people having succumbed to the virus.

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