Stimulus check qualifications are tangled and confusing. Here’s what to know about a second payment

A change to qualifications could bring families more money.


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Even if you received a stimulus payment earlier this year, you won’t necessarily be eligible to get a second stimulus check. It all comes down to what negotiations hash out in a final bill that includes a check in addition to other economic aid

The competing proposals over the last several months have hinted at change for at least three of the eligibility rules in a second round of payments, and if one is selected, your family could get more money than before. In one instance, an interpretation of the law may prompt the Internal Revenue Service to send out more payments to an entire group of people. 

Your dependents, the age of people in your household, whether you pay or collect or receive child support, your tax status and yearly income are some of the main parameters that could determine eligibility. Some people with dependents may find that they’re owed a catch-up check from the first round

Confused yet? We’ll do our best to clear it all up below. And for further reading, learn how the IRS calculates payment amounts. We recently updated

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Hulu Plus Live TV review: The best value in premium live TV streaming

At $6 a month, basic Hulu is one of the best deals in streaming, with gobs of current and past TV shows and movies. Its Hulu Plus Live TV upgrade may cost a lot more at $55, but that monthly fee buys one of the best live TV streaming services around. Hulu Plus Live TV is currently our favorite service for people looking to quit cable TV yet keep a healthy mix of live sports, news and local channels. And it also includes Hulu’s deep on-demand catalog of network TV shows and original programming, something no other live TV service can match.

Like

  • Solid mix of channels for the money
  • Full access to Hulu’s on-demand content

Don’t Like

  • DVR is quite limited without the $10 upgrade

When YouTube TV ($65 at YouTube TV) jacked its price from $50 to $65, Hulu Plus Live TV instantly became our favorite premium-priced service — especially for those who were initially attracted to YouTube TV as a way to save money. While YouTube TV offers more top channels and a superior DVR, Hulu Plus Live TV is a better value at $10 per month less. 

Update, Oct. 22: Hulu has announced

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