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That figure already reduces the total amount per household, but the effect on your second payment is more nuanced than that. As it turns out, lowering the upper limit to $ 600 couldall together.
We explain everything you need to know about what can contribute to a smaller one. (Here’s more information on that , , and a .) This story has been updated with the latest details.
$ 600 not only lowers the total check, it also reduces the number of people who could get it
The second stimulus check assigns qualified adults$ 600 each to go to the household total. That new rate alone would automatically earn most households a smaller check than before. But that’s just as you get the full $ 600 amount. Turns out there’s more to it than that.
The stimulation legislationso that, for example, some taxpayers would get the full $ 600 if they earn less than $ 75,000 a year. But if they earn more, they only receive a partial payment that gets smaller and smaller as they make more money per year, until they reach an upper threshold. After reaching the threshold they are all the way.
That upper limit is now lower than before, meaning fewer people can receive even a partial check. The graph below illustrates this. Note that it doesn’t take into account variables like the number of children you have, so use ourinstead to get a personal estimate.
$ 600 Second Stimulus Check Income Limits
|AGI to receive the full amount||AGI to phase out payment||Down from|
|One tax file||
Less than $ 75,000
|Head of a household||
Less than $ 112,500
|Married, filing jointly||
Less than $ 150.00
You earned more money in 2019 than in 2018
Your, is a term normally used on the annual federal tax return to describe your total income, including assets (such as stock sales, credits and deductions, or an inheritance) that are beyond your usual salary. You didn’t get the first stimulus check if your AGI went above a certain income threshold, and that’s an even lower number with the second $ 600 stimulus check.
The first stimulus check was based on your 2018 or 2019 taxes, if you had filed them. But the second check is based solely on your 2019 taxes. That means if you got a new job or made more money between 2018 and 2019 (congratulations), you can race to the upper limit faster and only receive a partial check. However, anyyou could still contribute to the total amount. Again, our .
Here’s more about the relationship between.
You now have fewer dependents than before
is an important factor in how much stimulation money a household gets, but maybe not in the way you think. in many cases are entitled to their own stimulus check. In the first round of direct payments, households were awarded an additional $ 500 for each “dependent child.” This is defined as a legal minor who is 16 years of age or younger.
Interestingly, the IRS definition of a(23 years or younger, and financially dependent on the tax bearer) is not the same one used for incentive checks.
After some back and forth, the rules for thekeeps the same definition of child dependent, but increases the amount to $ 600 per age 16 and under. If one of your children is now 17 or is no longer under your authority (read ), your check would exclude that amount.
A calculation error can initially result in a smaller check
Itand could easily happen with the following. Written mistakes and complex rules can mean that your household will receive less money in the future than what you may be entitled to – for you . Or maybe you don’t normally have to file a tax and are missing a rare extra step to take.
Whatever the reason, if a problem is preventing you from receiving some or all of your incentive money, you will be able to.
Has a member of your household passed away recently?
Our sincere condolences. If your household receives a stimulus check that is a spouse or dependent child who died between your last tax return and the receipt of the second stimulus check, the IRS will likely send a smaller amount if your tax return status, deductions, credits, or AGI changes. In some cases, the IRS has asked for the payment to be refunded.
However, if your spouse died in 2020, the $ 900 billion stimulus bill allows you to claim a check under the terms “householder”; that is, you could receive the full amount if you earn less than $ 112,500.
For more information about incentive money, click here.