Could the IRS still send your second stimulus check in 2020? Here’s the latest

How quickly could the IRS send your money? We have some potential dates.


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Is there time for another stimulus check to reach Americans before the end of 2020? The answer is a tricky one. We’ve plotted out the last date that a stimulus bill needs to pass in order for you to get a payment by the time the year is through. But the biggest impediment to qualifying for another direct check this year lies with Congress. 

As of Tuesday, negotiations on the next stimulus deal were off to a rocky start, with three fresh proposals that may end up going nowhere if the opposition is strong enough to keep them from advancing (one is already down for the count). It’s too soon to say for sure, however, but it may be that a second stimulus check has its best chance in early 2021. (Even without a check, some may still benefit.)

Using clues from the first round of stimulus payments (such as how the IRS forms priority groups to send out the money in waves) and some key dates on the Congressional calendar, we’ve sketched out some possible timelines of when you could see a

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