Big changes ahead for stimulus check dependents? The proposals right now

Who’s considered a dependent for stimulus checks and taxes isn’t always the same. Here’s how it works.


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When it comes to certain stimulus check rules, the third time may be the charm. Although there’s no third stimulus check yet, President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion package proposal would make a change some leaders (and families) have clamored for: extending eligibility to dependents of all ages rather than exclude anyone over the age of 16 from counting toward the family total.

What’s more, lawmakers are also considering whether dependents should be allocated the same $1,400 in stimulus check money as the per-adult maximum, according to The Washington Post. That goes for dependents who are children, young adults or older adult relatives. The potential rule change could bring in far more money for families with dependents this time around, if a new stimulus payment happens, which seems likely. The total your family could receive will also likely depend heavily on the outcome of a current debate to make the third check more “targeted.”

We go over the new details and bring you up to speed on the stimulus check qualifications for your family, including how to receive

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