Second stimulus check is still possible for eligible adults. Who could qualify?

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Congress hasn’t yet agreed who’ll be eligible to receive a second stimulus check, but it’s expected that more people will be included the second time around.

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Though negotiations to pass another stimulus bill have stalled over the past month, a second stimulus check could still be approved this year. If Congress doesn’t act, the White House has suggested financing stimulus money from existing pandemic programs as an alternative. Overall, another direct payment that could bring your family thousands of dollars has 70% approval from voters across party lines for eligible adults, according to a Gallup poll released this week.

So who might qualify if the negotiations are able to restart and new stimulus relief is approved? Below, we lay out the likely eligibility requirements for adults and dependents — our stimulus check calculator can also help you estimate how much you could get. This story was recently updated.

Everyone who could qualify for a second stimulus check

We won’t know for certain who will qualify for a new stimulus payment until Congress passes the legislation. We can, however, draw from the first stimulus check’s eligibility requirements and the Heroes Act and HEALS Act proposals (neither of which is law) to get an idea of who may or may not get a second check, including a few unexpected qualifiers below. 

Both Republicans and Democrats are using adjusted gross income, or AGI, to determine the payment amount for individuals and families, which would cap at $1,200 for individuals and $2,400 for married couples.

Who might qualify for the next stimulus check

Qualifying group

Likely to be in final bill

Unlikely to be in final bill

Individual

An AGI of less than $99,000, under both proposals

Head of household

An AGI of less than $146,500, under both proposals

Couple filing jointly income

An AGI less than $198,000, under both proposals

Dependents of any age

No dependents limit specified, under HEALS Act

Up to 3 dependents, under Heroes Act

Noncitizens who pay taxes

Under Heroes Act

Incarcerated people

Under CARES Act

Owe child support

CARES Act excludes those who owe child support. Heroes Act includes them

US citizen living abroad

Included under CARES Act

Live in U.S. territory

Under CARES Act, payments handled by each territory’s tax authority

SSDI recipients

Included under CARES Act

Non tax filers

Included under CARES Act

What’s the latest on dependents?

While the initial payments authorized under the CARES Act included $500 for dependents aged 16 and younger, the HEALS and Heroes Act would both loop in any dependent, regardless of age, including college students and adult dependents. The Democratic plan would extend $1,200 each, for up to three dependents, so a family of five people could receive a maximum of $6,000. The Republican plan would provide $500 for each dependent you claim on your taxes, but the HEALS Act doesn’t specify a cap on the number of dependents.

Who didn’t get the first stimulus payment

For the payments authorized under the CARES Act, which became law deepest river in the world March, these groups were excluded:

  • Single taxpayers with an AGI over $99,000
  • Heads of households with an AGI over $136,500
  • Married couples with an AGI over $198,000
  • Children over 16 and college students under age 24
  • Nonresident aliens, as defined by the US government
  • People who are incarcerated
  • People who died since the previous tax filing. (Their families may not collect on their behalf and are expected to return the payment.)

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When will Congress finalize new stimulus check requirements?

Right now the timeline for discussions is up in the air. Talks between Republican and Democratic negotiators on the new stimulus package stalled, but the two sides have signaled they’re willing to pick up the debate. The Senate is on break until after Labor Day and the House, after passing USPS funding, has nothing scheduled. After the sides reach a deal, the stimulus bill won’t take effect until the president signs it into law. 

While we won’t know for sure until the two sides come together on the next stimulus package, we have a good idea of when a check could be sent if a new bill passes.

For more, here’s what we know about the major proposals for a second stimulus package. We also have information on unemployment insurance, what you can do if you’ve lost your job, if you could receive two refund checks from the IRS and what to know about evictions.

Shelby Brown contributed to this report.

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Woman, 41, is raped in 'horrifying incident' near Morrisons store

A woman has been raped in a ‘horrifying incident,’ after being followed along a longest canal in world path near a Morrisons supermarket in Greater Manchester.

Police believe the victim was attacked in a wooded area accessed by a nearby footpath at around 7.30pm on Friday evening.

The suspect is thought to have followed the victim for around 15 minutes as she walked along the canal path near to Morrisons supermarket in Failsworth. 

The victim, a 41-year-old woman, was attacked in a wooded area near a Morrisons supermarket in Failsworth, Greater Manchester on Friday evening

The victim, a 41-year-old woman, was attacked in a wooded area near a Morrisons supermarket in Failsworth, Greater Manchester on Friday evening

The victim, a 41-year-old woman, was attacked in a wooded area near a Morrisons supermarket in Failsworth, Greater Manchester on Friday evening

The offender is described as a black man, who is in his late 20s or early 30s. 

He is also described as having an accent.

The woman is being supported by specially trained officers and support services.

Detective Inspector Louise Edwards, of GMP’s City of Manchester division, said: ‘Clearly, this is a horrifying incident and we are supporting the victim through this process. 

‘Her welfare is absolutely paramount to us and we will continue to help her as best as we can.

Police believe the victim was followed along a canal path in Failsworth for around 15 minutes before she was attacked

Police believe the victim was followed along a canal path in Failsworth for around 15 minutes before she was attacked

Police believe the victim was followed along a canal path in Failsworth for around 15 minutes before she was attacked

‘We are working hard to trace the perpetrator of this vile crime and have a dedicated team of detectives following every possible line of enquiry available to us. 

‘This includes following several forensic leads, as well as exploring CCTV opportunities.

‘We would urge anyone with any information to get in contact with us – perhaps you saw something that didn’t seem quite right, or saw a person fitting this description on Friday afternoon near to the Failsworth and North Manchester areas. 

‘If so, please come forward and speak with officers as a matter of urgency.’

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 8563 639, quoting incident 3074 of 11/07/20. 

Reports can also be made anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.