To my surprise, I got two stimulus checks during the first round of economic impact payments. One was deposited into my bank, and the other was an actual physical check. Will I receive two stimulus payments this time around as well? I have friends who received no check whatsoever, and they were furious (understandably) that I received more than one.
Waiting for Round Two
Don’t you mean round three and four? That would be what you would receive if you were to receive two $600 checks in a second round of stimulus payments. On Sunday, President Trump signed the $900 billion pandemic relief package into law, thereby averting a government-wide shutdown. However, I wouldn’t spend that second check quite yet.
The Internal Revenue Service, after a year of employees working overtime and working tirelessly to get economic impact payments delivered to millions of Americans, will likely discover their mistake and adjust the payment in your 2020 tax return. Rarely do such windfalls come without a price. Such mistakes are usually rectified manually or by computer. You have been warned.
Some people are upset that they didn’t receive a large enough check or received no economic impact payment at all, other taxpayers say they’ve received stimulus checks for dead relatives. This past year has not unfolded in a straight line. One man told me he was “punished” by the government for being responsible because he filed his 2019 taxes early — and received $200.
You can return the money via check or money order with the notation “2020EIP,” plus the Social Security number or taxpayer I.D. of the check recipient. Those people who received a paper check and did not cash it can write “void” on the back of the check’s endorsement section and mail it back to the IRS, according the IRS directions (see Q41), with an explanation.
People who did not receive a check this year or only a small amount and believe their income will fall below the required threshold for checks next year could still receive a stimulus payment next year. The EIP is technically an advance payment of a tax credit on your 2020 return. The IRS is using 2019 tax returns to gauge people’s incomes; 2018 tax returns are used as a Plan B.
The IRS has sent out 150 million stimulus checks, totalling approximately $290 billion in checks.
The IRS has sent out 150 million stimulus checks, totalling approximately $290 billion in checks. The second round of stimulus payments was up in the air last week, as President Trump had refused to sign it into law, arguing that $600 was not enough for people.
Millions of people are desperate for at least one check. Searches for “stimulus check” made the top 10 news topics on Google
as millions of Americans have lost their jobs. A second round of financial-aid checks for taxpayers was one of the few things Republican and Democratic lawmakers agreed upon. The amount has been a subject of contention.
Ahead of November’s presidential election, House Democrats had pared back their version of the new stimulus bill from $3.4 trillion to $2.2 trillion, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin appeared receptive to a total stimulus package of $1.8 trillion. With the U.S. hitting record daily COVID-19 case counts, more public-health steps like shutdowns may be necessary.
News of a new stimulus could not have come a moment too soon. As a result of the enhanced unemployment benefits and stimulus checks, which were both key parts of the CARES Act in March, Americans’ median checking-account balances increased by 65% on the year in April, according to a JPMorgan Chase Institute
report published last week.
Nearly one-third of people who received a stimulus check last summer used it to pay bills and, in a Twitter poll
of 889,000 people, over 60% said a $600 payment would not be enough. Return the second check, especially if you can afford it. You have been given another opportunity to pull together during the pandemic other than social distancing and wearing masks.
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