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Stimulus checks latest updates – How to claim a stimulus check if you haven’t received Covid relief money

PRESIDENT Joe Biden is working on two stimulus proposals that could include more relief checks to Americans or cancel student loan debt.

The policy proposals currently focus on creating jobs and supporting families.

In his speech to the joint session of Congress last week, President Biden praised the impact of stimulus checks but did not comment on whether there would be more of them in the future.

“We kept our commitment — Democrats and Republicans — of sending $1,400 rescue checks to 85 percent of American households,” Biden said. “For many people, it’s making all the difference in the world.”

The IRS is still sending out the third round of stimulus checks, and many Democrats are pushing for more checks in the future.

The American Family Plan would set aside $1 trillion for education, affordable child care and paid family and medical leave. Some are keeping an eye on this plan to see if a fourth stimulus check is eventually included.

Biden’s American Jobs Plan would inject $2 trillion into the US economy to create infrastructure jobs. There are no plans yet for it to include stimulus checks.

Read our stimulus live blog for the latest on Covid relief money…

  • BIDEN PUSHES AMERICAN FAMILIES PLAN

    Asked about whether there’s room for a fourth stimulus check, the White House has said it hasn’t ruled it out – but said it’s in Congress’ hands now.

    “They are not free,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said when asked about a fourth stimulus check. “We’ll see what members of Congress propose.”

    Meanwhile, the president is looking to get Americans some more cash in their wallets by gaining bipartisan support for his American Families Plan.

    The White House has also urged Congress to pass a $15 minimum wage.

  • WHITE HOUSE WON’T RULE OUT A FOURTH STIMULUS CHECK

    Although a number of Democratic Congressmembers have written a letter requesting President Joe Biden send out more stimulus checks as the country continues to recover from the pandemic, the White House has not said no to a fourth check.

    “We’ll see what members of Congress propose,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in response to a question about a fourth check.

    Instead, Biden offered a number of alternative routes to get Americans extra funds.

    Biden is working on two proposals, the American Jobs Plan and American Family Plan, that would put more cash into Americans’ wallets.

    The plans would create new jobs, extend the child tax credit until 2025, and give working families larger tax breaks and direct payments – all if Congress approves.

  • HOW TO TRACK YOUR MISSING PAYMENTS

    If you’re one of the millions of Americans eligible for a stimulus check but have yet to receive one, fear not as there are ways you can get the funds allotted to you.

    “If you haven’t received one yet, it doesn’t mean you won’t,” the IRS website says.

    “Each week we’re sending the third payments to eligible individuals as we continue to process tax returns.”

    Payments are sent by direct deposit or in the mail as a check or debit card.

    You can track your stimulus check using this IRS tool. If you didn’t get your first or second payment, you can try claiming a recovery rebate credit that can be filed with your 2020 tax return.

  • HOMEOWNERS BONUS

    Homeowners can get more than $3,000-a-year in mortgage relief thanks to stimulus aid.

    The Mortgage Stimulus Program is designed to help average US citizens as well as stimulate the economy.

    Homeowners could get up to $307 a month, equivalent to $3,252 a year.

    The money can go towards various expenses such as home improvements, remodels, debt or other bills.

  • MORE MONEY

    According to the IRS, Americans who received a stimulus check based on their 2019 tax returns might be eligible for more money once their 2020 return has been processed.

    The additional “plus-up payments” will be sent to those whose economic situations changed between 2019 and 2020.

    If their newest tax filing shows a drop in annual income or a new child or dependent, then more money could be on the way.

    This particularly applies to those who didn’t qualify for the full $1,400 check in the third round of stimulus based on returns from 2019, but do for their 2020 returns.

  • CONGRESS TO DECIDE

    Congress will decide whether or not to send hard-hit Americans more stimulus checks this year, the White House says.

    During a press conference on Tuesday, Jen Psaki told reporters that more relief payments would be an expensive measure for the federal government.

    “We’ll see what members of Congress propose, but those are not free,” she said, touting the overhauled child tax credit in Biden’s stimulus plan.

    This increased the amount to $3,600 for each child aged five and under, while parents of six to 17 year-olds would get $3,000 per child.

  • TAX DEADLINE

    The tax filing deadline for 2020 is May 17.

    Millions of Americans are also due to receive their third economic impact payments this week, as the IRS has been sending payments through the month of April, according to an IRS.gov press release.

    A seventh batch of nearly two million payments from President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan began processing on April 23, with an expected payment date of April 28.

    The IRS says these funds total $4.3 billion across the nearly two million payments.

  • EXTRA CASH CONTINUED

    This particularly applies to those who didn’t qualify for the full $1,400 check in the third round of stimulus based on returns from 2019, but do for their 2020 returns.

    It will also apply to Americans who got married in 2020 and filed a joint return for the year, with an adjusted gross income of less than $150,000.

    If an individual wasn’t required to file taxes in previous years but did this year, then more money may also be on the way for them too.

    The additional payments, first announced on April 1, will be sent out by the government in the next few weeks.

  • EXTRA CASH

    Early tax filers may be rewarded with with extra cash in the form of a “bonus check” or “plus-up payment” in the coming weeks.

    According to the IRS, Americans who received a stimulus check based on their 2019 tax returns might be eligible for more money once their 2020 return has been processed.

    The additional “plus-up payments” will be sent to those whose economic situations changed between 2019 and 2020.

    If their newest tax filing shows a drop in annual income or a new child or dependent, then more money could be on the way.

  • CHECK PRESSURE

    Biden is under pressure to give Americans $2,000 monthly stimulus checks after a landmark petition passed more than two million signatures.

    The petition was started by Colorado restaurant owner Stephanie Bonin and first posted on Change.org last year.

    A third round of payments worth up to $1,400 are being sent out across the country with some 730,000 bonus checks worth $1.3 billion having gone out during the last seven days.

    Bonin’s petition has surpassed more than two million signatures, increasing the pressure on the president to give Americans monthly checks worth up to $2,000.

  • TWO PROPOSALS

    Joe Biden is working on two stimulus proposals that could include more relief checks or cancel student loan debt.

    The policy proposals currently focus on creating jobs and supporting families, but many are hopeful that additional stimulus checks and student loan forgiveness will also make the cut.

    In his speech to the joint session of Congress last week, President Biden praised the impact of stimulus checks but did not comment on whether there would be more of them in the future.

    “We kept our commitment — Democrats and Republicans — of sending $1,400 rescue checks to 85 percent of American households,” Biden said. “For many people, it’s making all the difference in the world.”

  • CHILD BAILOUT

    President Joe Biden is proposing a child tax credit payout of $18,000 for struggling families in his American Families Plan bill.

    Although the current plan is months away from proper approval, it’s receiving huge support from many families with children, many of whom are still struggling in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The American Families Plan proposes to extend the temporary expansion of the child tax credit in March 2020’s stimulus bill to 2025. The current expansion is set to expire later this year, unless Congress takes drastic measures to save it.

    This expansion will not only lift five million children out of poverty, but will provide an $18,000 per child tax credit over the course of five years.

  • MISSING YOUR STIMULUS PAYMENT? YOU CAN TRACK IT

    The IRS offers a tool for those who are still waiting to receive their third stimulus payments.

    You can track your stimulus check by using the Get My Payment tracker which the IRS updates every day. 

    The IRS is still sending out some of the payments as well as “plus-up payments” to eligible individuals.

  • SOME AMERICANS MIGHT GET ADDITIONAL STIMULUS MONEY

    Some Americans whose economic situations have changed over the last year may get additional financial relief.

    A third round of payments worth up to $1,400 are still being sent out across the country, and some people are eligible for supplemental payments if they didn’t qualify for the full payment based on 2019 tax filings, but did based on last year’s returns.

    Earlier this month, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) advised Americans missing these “plus-up payments” to file for the cash by submitting their 2020 tax return.

  • BIDEN WANTS TO EXPAND CHILD TAX CREDIT AID

    President Joe Biden has expressed that he would like to extend the child tax credit that saw families who qualified receive $3,600 for children 5 and under and $3,000 for children under the age of 17 in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    “The American Families Plan puts money directly into the pockets of millions of families,” Biden told Congress during his joint speech to Congress last week.

    “Together, let’s extend the Child Tax Credit at least through the end of 2025.”

    Families that want their child tax credit aid in one lump sum rather than monthly payments can change their preferences on the IRS portal when it opens July 1 and receive the lump sum of relief.

  • PETITION CALLING FOR RECURRING STIMULUS CHECKS HITS 2MILLION SIGNATURES

    A petition calling for $2,000 stimulus checks every month until the end of the pandemic crisis has over 2 million signatures.

    The petition was started by Colorado restaurant owner Stephanie Bonin and first posted on Change.org last year.

    “I’m calling on Congress to support families with a $2,000 payment for adults and a $1,000 payment for kids immediately, and continuing regular checks for the duration of the crisis,” she wrote in the petition.

    “Otherwise, laid-off workers, furloughed workers, the self-employed, and workers dealing with reduced hours will struggle to pay their rent or put food on the table.”

  • WILL BIDEN’S RELIEF PROPOSALS INCLUDE STUDENT LOAN CANCELLATION?

    President Joe Biden has previously supported canceling some student loan debt, and people are keeping an eye on his stimulus relief programs to see if loan forgiveness is included.

    Neither the American Jobs Plan or the American Families Plan currently includes student loan forgiveness, but Biden has previously supported forgiving $10,000 in student loans.

    The President recently asked his education secretary if he has the executive power to cancel up to $50,000 in student loan debt.

  • NEXT STIMULUS PACKAGE COULD MEAN A FOURTH STIMULUS OR STUDENT LOAN FORGIVENESS

    President Joe Biden is working on two stimulus proposals that could potentially include more relief checks or cancellation of student loan debt.

    The President’s current proposals focus on creating jobs and supporting families, but more stimulus checks or student loan forgiveness could be included.

    The American Family Plan would set aside $1 trillion for education, affordable child care, and paid family and medical leave, and it could potentially eventually include a fourth stimulus check.

    Biden has also previously supported cancelling $10,000 of student loans and that could also come up in a relief package.

  • WHITE HOUSE WILL DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT MORE RELIEF PAYMENTS ARE NEEDED

    During a press conference on Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that more relief payments will be considered but would be an expensive move.

    “We’ll see what members of Congress propose, but those are not free,” she said, touting the new child tax credit in Biden’s stimulus plan.

    When it comes to extending that credit, Psaki said, “Obviously, we’re continuing to evaluate what their needs are — to continue to get the pandemic under control, put people back to work, but we think that’s a proposal with a long-term benefit.”

  • HERE’S WHY YOU MIGHT STILL BE WAITING FOR A THIRD STIMULUS CHECK

    If you still haven’t received your third stimulus check, don’t fret — the IRS is still sending some of them out to certain Americans.

    “If you haven’t received one yet, it doesn’t mean you won’t,” the IRS website says.

    “Each week we’re sending the third payments to eligible individuals as we continue to process tax returns.”

  • EXPERTS THINK AT LEAST ONE MORE STIMULUS CHECK IS NEEDED TO HELP STRUGGLING AMERICANS

    The Economic Security Project (ESP), which supports guaranteed income, said in a recent report that more direct stimulus payments are needed to aid those struggling financially as a result of the ongoing impacts of Covid-19.

    “We need at least one more check,” Adam Ruben, campaign director at the ESP, told CNBC.

    The project said in its report, “This critical relief has played a leading role in helping Americans keep their heads above water during this recession.”

  • AMERICANS SUPPORT RECURRING STIMULUS PAYMENTS, IS ANOTHER CHECK ON THE WAY?

    A January survey conducted by Data for Progress found that 65 percent of Americans support recurring monthly payments of $2,000 for the remainder of the pandemic.

    But President Joe Biden has not committed to sending out a fourth round of stimulus checks.

    Some Americans are still awaiting a third stimulus check, which the IRS says can still be claimed in they file with tax returns soon.

  • DEMOCRATIC MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE WANT TO SEE AMERICANS GET A FOURTH STIMULUS CHECK

    Last month, 50 Democratic members of the house and 21 Democratic Senators signed a letter urging President Joe Biden to send out recurring stimulus payments.

    They would like to see the checks go out until the end of the pandemic.

    “Unemployment insurance has replaced lost income for millions who have lost their jobs,” the letter read.

    “But millions of others do not qualify for unemployment insurance after seeing their hours reduced, switching to lower-paying jobs, or temporarily leaving the workforce to care for family members during the pandemic.”

    “This crisis is far from over, and families deserve certainty that they can put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads,” the letter continued.

    President Biden touted the success of the recent stimulus payments in his joint address to Congress last week.

     

  • WILL THERE BE A FOURTH STIMULUS CHECK?

    Although the IRS is still sending out third stimulus checks to some Americans, some people are wondering whether or not there will be a fourth stimulus payment.

    “We’ve already sent more than 160 million checks out the door,” Biden said in his joint address to Congress last week. “It’s making a difference…For many people, it’s making all the difference in the world.”

    But it’s still unclear if more federal relief may be on the horizon.

    However, support is growing among some politicians to send another round of checks out.

    50 Democratic members of the house and 21 Democratic Senators signed a letter asking Biden to send out recurring stimulus payments until the end of the pandemic last month.

  • PRESIDENT BIDEN PRAISED RECENT STIMULUS CHECKS IN ADDRESS TO CONGRESS

    President Joe Biden praised the impact of the recent stimulus checks in his joint address to Congress last week.

    “We kept our commitment — Democrats and Republicans — of sending $1,400 rescue checks to 85 percent of American households,” Biden said.

    “For many people, it’s making all the difference in the world.”

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