Calculate your second stimulus check total now that payments are going out

You can estimate how much money you could get in your second stimulus check with our calculator tool.


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Just because the second stimulus check maxes out at $600 per person doesn’t mean it’s easy to guess how big your payment will be. Whether you receive your next stimulus payment through direct deposit, paper check or EIP card, the ins and outs of the formula the IRS uses to tabulate your total — and the second stimulus check qualifications that decide who in your family is eligible — is so specific to your personal situation.

As of Jan. 1, any hope for a $2,000 payment to replace the $600 died in the Senate, so the $600 maximum going out right now is the final sum to work with. While we can’t say for sure what the IRS’ final total will be for you, we can give you an estimate of the total payment you should expect in a second stimulus check. CNET’s calculator tool uses the same formula as the IRS, taken from the December stimulus bill President Donald Trump signed into law Dec. 27. 

Even if you already received your payment, it’s a good

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