“I’m open to negotiating those things,” Biden said Monday of the. “But this is all a bit of a moving target in terms of the precision with which this is going.”
By being willing to sign an incentive bill with a smaller one, or one that goes to fewer people, Biden’s response could spark a discussion about how big the next stimulus check should be, or how it could be sent to fewer people in general. And how you do that while also working on recording . We’ll explain why $ 1,400 is fetching hackles and some possible ways a third stimulus check can be more targeted.
Why do some lawmakers disagree that a $ 1,400 stimulus check is envisaged?
The argument here is that a cap of $ 1,400 per person would send millions of incentive vouchers to people considered high earners – in addition to sending the full $ 1,400 cap to many tens of millions of people who fit in the right place that Congress wants stimulus money to deliver. For the sake of simplicity, these are some taxpayers with aof $ 75,000 per year or less (and the equivalent for heads of household and married couples).
The reason that a limit of $ 1,400 can send checks to people making “too much money” comes down to the. The formula is written in the respective incentive accounts to provide a partial payment to people making more than the $ 75,000 per year threshold (up to a certain limit).
Watch, and proposed $ 1,400 checks, it is immediately apparent how increasing or decreasing the limit per person – eg, $ 1,400 versus $ 600 – could change how many people over the $ 75,000 income limit would get paid.
For example, use oura single taxpayer who earns $ 102,900 per year can receive a $ 5 incentive check. If they made $ 90,000 they could get $ 650, and with adjusted gross income of $ 85,000, the Treasury would send a check for $ 1,150.
By contrast, aawards a single taxpayer with an AGI of $ 80,000 a $ 350 incentive check. The same person who earns $ 86,900 a year will only receive a $ 5 check.
The result is that with the current formula, more people in total qualify for a stimulus check of a certain amount, even if it is a relatively small payment.and husbands add one more layer – here it is .
What would happen if the third stimulus check is less than $ 1,400?
One way that negotiators could send an incentive bill to fewer people in general would be to keep the formula unchanged, but lower the maximum per person from $ 1,400. The drop from the first stimulus payment of $ 1,200 to the second stimulus check of $ 600who would have qualified differently for the first stimulus check. By simply using a base of $ 600 instead of $ 1,200, the cut-off point for receiving a partial payment was lowered.
In other words, the smaller the maximum per person, the sooner people who made more than $ 75,000 per year reached the limit to receive money.
With the first check, a single taxpayer – remember, not a spouse or children – could get a certain amount of incentive money if they made less than $ 99,000. With the second check, that vanishing point dropped to $ 87,000. The only difference in that part of the equation was the maximum pay per person. (Separately,counted for $ 600 in the second check instead of $ 500.)
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What would happen if the stimulus calculation changes?
Change the math to itused for the first two checks would be a way to potentially limit the number of people who receive a check. By tweaking the formula so that people earning more than $ 75,000 a year would reach the vanishing point, lawmakers could hypothetically let lawmakers keep a maximum payment of $ 1,400 while sending fewer checks overall.
For example, with the current formula, a check for $ 1,400 would earn a person with an AGI of $ 80,000 per year a $ 1,150 stimulus check. An adjustment to the formula could potentially bring that figure down to $ 800 (to pick a random number) and so on. In effect, that would mean that people with relatively high incomes would get a much smaller check or no check at all.
What if Congress decides to pass an arbitrary income limit?
Let’s say lawmakers wanted to send $ 1,400 to anyone who makes less than $ 75,000 a year, but didn’t want to send money to someone making $ 90,000 a year or more. Another hypothetical way to accomplish that would be to leave the stimulus checks formula as it is, but create an additional closure that would keep the IRS and the Treasury from sending checks to individual taxpayers withat $ 90,000 or higher.
Again, this is just one example, with negotiators working out details for married couples filing jointly, and those with dependents.
What are the qualifications for new groups of people to be added?
In addition to supporting larger stimulus controls,two previously excluded groups: (not just kids under 17) and stuff . Combined, that could potentially expand stimulus funds to nearly 20 million people who previously may not have been included in the family total.
If passed, the result would most likely be greater stimulus control for previously qualified families (in the case of 17 year olds anddependents), and some mixed-status families who are eligible for a new check for the first time. In all cases, families would have to meet all other eligibility conditions – such as an income threshold – to receive a future incentive check.
Until then, we will have to see how the negotiations on the stimulus law and the third stimulus check develop. For more information, here it isand here’s what you need to know . Here’s what to do if .