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Am I eligible for a stimulus check if I am a US citizen living abroad?

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) started sending the first round of stimulus checks to millions of American’s who need economic help during the coronavirus pandemic in mid-April.

Am I eligible for a stimulus check if I am a US citizen living abroad?
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Recipients of the first $1,200 wave of stimulus payments were part the beneficiaries of the overall 100 million checks distributed by the IRS with $290 billion put aside for direct payment to individuals in the $2.2 trillion bill called the CARES Act.

A second relief bill, was passed on Friday by the US government and it means a further $3 trillion will be made available for people with financial difficulties during the coronavirus pandemic.The bill is called the HEROES Act — Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act — and could mean a second stimulus check for American citizens.

The bill must now get through the Senate, the upper chamber of the US Congress, and then receive the approval of the president, Donald Trump.

Overseas eligibility

US nationals living overseas are entitled to receive this payment providing a series of criteria are met. A claim can be made for the assistance provided the claimant falls within the income threshold, have a social security number, and file taxes—even if you live overseas.

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