STIMULUS CHECK

Stimulus check requirements under Republicans' HEALS Act

Here's how your income, marital status, dependents and citizenship could affect your eligibility for the second stimulus check under the HEALS Act.

Stimulus check requirements: Who qualifies under Republican HEALS Act
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This week the Republicans presented their $1 trillion coronavirus package known as the HEALS Act.

As expected, the bill includes a provision for the much-anticipated second round of stimulus checks. If the bill is passed by the Senate, the payments will be distributed to millions of eligible Americans who have been left jobless due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Like the first time around, qualifying individuals will receive up to $1,200, plus $500 per up to three child and dependents.

But who qualifies this time around? Below we look at how your income, marital status, dependents and citizenship could affect your eligibility.

Requirements for HEALS second stimulus check

The HEALS Act follows the payment guidelines outlined in the previous CARES Act, but includes a new adjustment for dependents. As Sen. Chuck Grassley said earlier in the week:

"[The bill] includes just a few people that were unintentionally left out of the last one. Mostly dependents, college and adults, that are somebody else's dependents."

Here's who would be eligible for the HEALS Act payment:

  • A single US resident with an adjusted gross income (AGI) less than $99,000 (phase-out kicks in if you earn more than $75,000)
  • A married couple with an AGI of $198,000 (phase-out kicks in at $150,000)
  • A head of a household earning under $146,500 (up from $136,500 in the Cares Act)
  • A dependent of any age

Yes the main change under the HEALS Act is dependents of any age will qualify for the $500 payment, whereas in the CARES Act, the payment was limited to those children under 17.

Who doesn’t qualify for the HEALS Act payment?

  • Those in prison
  • Non-resident aliens, as defined by the US government.
  • Single taxpayers with an AGI above $99,000.
  • Married couple with an AGI of above $198,000

The new bill comes as Republicans and Democrats continue to negotiate a second coronavirus relief package aimed at reviving the US economy, which contracted 32.9% between April and June, the sharpest decline since World War II. Both parties are in favor of including a second round of stimulus payments for individuals and families; however they have yet to agree on all of the parameters.

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