When could the IRS send more stimulus checks and who might get them first? Here’s an estimate

How soon could your second stimulus check come? We lay out some possible dates, from when the bill is passed to when your money could actually arrive.


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Now that negotiations to pass a new economic rescue package with a second direct payment appear to be inching forward, we can forecast when qualifying Americans could get paid. If a new stimulus check becomes a reality, the priority group that you’re a part of and how quickly the IRS can start sending out money in general will determine the speed of the payments. (Here are some more important stimulus payment facts.)

Last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi directed House Democrats to bring a new relief proposal to a vote as early as this week. Pelosi also agreed to resume negotiations with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

“I’m hoping for a deal,” Pelosi said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union.

Try CNET’s stimulus calculator to estimate your potential check and keep reading to learn some possible timelines for when you could get a new stimulus check. This story updates often.

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2021 Audi E-Tron Sportback first drive review: Slipstream SUV serenity

Make no bones about it: Audi’s all-electric E-Tron SUV may have received high marks from professional auto reviewers and new owners alike, but it hasn’t moved the automaker’s sales needle in the US. In all of pre-pandemic 2019, the Audi sold fewer than 5,400 E-Trons here — less than an average month of Q5 sales. It’s amidst this frustrating backdrop that the 2021 Audi E-Tron Sportback model whirs into dealers, its racier slope-back roofline hoping to catch both eyes and sales.

Based on visuals alone, the E-Tron Sportback has undergone the now industry-standard four-door-coupification process more successfully than most luxury crossover SUVs — EV or not. From the windshield header forward, the Sportback looks the same as its more traditional two-box sibling and indeed, it has nearly the same height. However, owing to its dramatically plunging rearward greenhouse and frameless windows that clean up its roofline, the Sportback looks simultaneously lower and arguably more stylish, adding in a dash of athleticism. The Sportback isn’t just slipperier to the eye, it enjoys a 0.28 coefficient of drag, 0.02 better than its boxier relation.

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How to resolve common wireless performance issues using NetSpot PRO on Mac

Wireless networking has become the primary, and often only, connection method for many users. Here’s how to troubleshoot corresponding performance issues.

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A few years ago I needed a utility capable of confirming a potential wireless network deployment’s strength and range. Using NetSpot PRO with a Mac, I was able to confirm with confidence that the wireless equipment specified within a project plan would perform as intended within a new facility.

You, too, can use the Mac-friendly application to confirm proposed wireless deployments or upgrades will meet your needs, but you can also use the $149 application to expand the $49 Home version’s zone compatibilities, data collection points and snapshots capacities. The PRO version also provides an additional technician license that can be leveraged when reviewing wireless surveys.

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NetSpot PRO version 2.12 is a small-footprint app. The program occupies only 26MB of disk space and typically consumes less than 8% of a CPU on my Mac when performing a survey and less than 4% when only discovering and collecting metrics on available wireless networks. Unlike other applications and network utilities I’ve used, NetSpot PRO locates and identifies more wireless connections, as well.

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Stimulus check eligibility requirements: Here’s what you need to know about who may qualify

It’s expected that millions more people will be included the second time around.


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There’s still hope that a new economic relief package with a second direct stimulus payment could be authorized by Congress before the Nov. 3 election.

On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin agreed to restart talks, and House Democrats are drafting a more focused bill reportedly worth $2.4 trillion for a potential vote on Oct. 2.

“I am hoping for a deal. I’d rather have a deal to put money in people’s pockets than to have a rhetorical argument,” Pelosi said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union. “We have a chance to get something done.”

As negotiations move ahead to pass relief legislation with a second direct stimulus payment, here’s what we know about who might qualify, including dependents who didn’t get the first check — some 13 million people under 25. Try using CNET’s stimulus check calculator to estimate how much you could get, and stay informed on the seven most important stimulus check facts. This

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Acer Chromebook 715 review: A great, big Chromebook for at-home school and work


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The Acer Chromebook 715 started life as a premium model targeted at a growing business market for Chrome OS devices. Along with its smaller sibling, the Chromebook 714, the 715 has a premium all-aluminum chassis built to survive drops from up to 48 inches (122 cm) and downward force up to 132 pounds (60 kg). You could also get the Chromebook 715 with a fingerprint reader, a backlit keyboard, an Intel Core i5 processor and 16GB of memory for around $750. Or, you can get a much more affordable version that dials back on the specs and extras but keeps the premium build quality, making it a fantastic choice for a home office or student Chromebook. 

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Stimulus check money: Everything we know about how large your second payment may be

We help you estimate the maximum amount that could end up in your bank account if another stimulus payment arrives.


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What are the chances you could get a second stimulus check before the Nov. 3 election, and if you did, how much money could you expect? There’s still a chance it could happen, now that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have agreed to resume negotiations on another economic relief package 

Democrats in the House of Representatives are also preparing a new, $2.4 trillion relief proposal that could receive a vote in the House on Oct. 2. If it passes, the Senate would have the chance to vote — or not — and negotiations could potentially kick into high gear.

The first stimulus check maxed out at $1,200 per adult, but a second check could bring more or less, especially if rules about your dependents change. These new qualifications, among others, are critical in determining how much money you and your family could receive if a new bill passes. If your circumstances have also changed since March — for example, your income changed, you filed your 2019 taxes, or the number of dependents

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