Second stimulus check might still be possible for eligible adults. Here’s who might qualify


The months-long journey toward getting a second stimulus check approved might be getting closer to reaching an end, if the latest hints about restarting stimulus bill negotiations turn out to be true. All eyes are on Congress to come together in the next few weeks to vote on a bill that includes another direct payment. President Donald Trump has also floated the idea of a possible new executive order drawing stimulus money from existing pandemic programs to fund more stimulus money.

In the chart below, we break down what we know so far about eligibility for a second check, including how factors like your income, your number of dependents and a range of rules and exceptions could affect whether you would qualify for another round of stimulus money, if there is one. (Nine million people who qualify can still claim their first check.)

It’s possible that at least one new demographic could qualify to receive up to $1,200 apiece and contribute to an even larger sum for family groups than was originally allowed with the first stimulus payment. You can use CNET’s stimulus check calculator to estimate how much money you could receive. This story is updated often.

Stimulus check eligibility: Which groups could make the cut

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…Read more>>