Think you know who qualifies for a second stimulus check? Here’s everything you should know

A change to qualifications could bring families more money.


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Just because you got a first payment doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get a second stimulus check, when and if it arrives. Throughout the long negotiation journey over the contents of a bill, there have been proposals that have changed at least one qualification twice. If the final stimulus package picks one of these competing views, that could affect your family for the better.

In one case, it hasn’t been a rule that’s changed since the first check was sent, but an interpretation of the law, which may cause the IRS to send out more payments. 

The rules and requirements can get dicey depending on who your are — including your dependents, the age of people in your household, whether you pay or collect or receive child support, your tax status and yearly income, among other factors. Remember that where you stand in terms of the finals qualifications will directly impact the size of your second check

The ins and outs of it all can be complex, but we’ll simplify the rules as we currently understand them. For a bonus round, here’s 

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