What to Expect with Round Two of Stimulus Checks

What to Expect with Round Two of Stimulus Checks

The IRS will be sending out the second round of stimulus checks within the next two weeks. Paper checks may be received as late as January 15, 2021. Currently, this is all the information we have. The IRS and US Treasury could begin to send the second stimulus payments to those who qualify a week after the bill was signed -- first through direct deposit, followed by paper checks. For more up to date information please visit: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment

Please be aware of the possibility of online banking not being able to withstand the high number of members attempting to log in simultaneously to check for their deposit. While we will prepare our technology provider, we wanted to ask for patience as we work through this round. In addition, we expect phone calls to increase leading to a longer hold time, but we assure you we will be working diligently to answer your calls.

Please keep in mind that this process is driven by the IRS and not Community Resource Credit Union. While we will do our best to answer all your questions, we once again ask for your patience. 

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The checks will be roughly half the amount of those approved in the March CARES act. Like in March, the new checks are based on 2019 adjusted gross income, but this time will pay $600 per qualifying adult for those earning $75,000 or less and drop incrementally from there with a cap of $87,000. In addition, if you have children, you’ll receive an additional $600 for each dependent child. For married couples filing jointly, a stimulus check of $1,200 will be sent for couples earning $150,000 or less.1

1 Information provided as of December 28, 2020.

The exact timing on when they arrive remains to be seen, but the stimulus bill puts a deadline on sending a second-round payments by January 15, 2021. The IRS can’t send any second stimulus checks after this date. If a payment isn’t sent you by then, you’ll have to claim the amount owed to you as a “recovery rebate” credit on your 2020 federal income tax return by April 15, 2021.

If the IRS already has your bank account information—either from a recent tax payment that you made or from a tax refund sent to you—then expect your second stimulus check faster. That’s because the IRS will be able to directly deposit the payment into your bank account. The IRS can also make a second stimulus payment to a Direct Express debit card account, a U.S. Debit Card account, or other Treasury-sponsored account. Otherwise, expect to get a paper check in the mail.2  

Visit https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/treasury-and-irs-begin-delivering-second-round-of-economic-impact-payments-to-millions-of-americans for more information & FAQs. 

2. As of December 28, 2020, the IRS has until January 15, 2021 to send your payment. If payment is sent via check or debit card through the US postal service, you may not receive your stimulus funds until after this date.

3Jan. 15 is the cutoff date in the $900 billion stimulus bill by which time the IRS and US Treasury must stop sending checks as part of this round of delivery. If you don't receive your full second stimulus check money by Jan. 15, you will need to claim all or part of the missing amount when you file your federal tax returns in 2021 through the Recovery Rebate Credit. You'll also be able to claim any money the IRS still owes you from the first round of payments.

People who receive their stimulus payment through direct deposit are unlikely to be affected. But there is potentially a distinct disadvantage for people who don't have direct deposit set up with the IRS. Visit https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment for more information. 


3 Sources: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/recovery-rebate-credit 


People can check the status of both their first and second payments by using the Get My Payment tool, available in English and Spanish only on IRS.gov. The tool is being updated with new information, and the IRS anticipates the tool will be available again in a few days for taxpayers.


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