We now know that awill be part of CARES 2, the Senate Republicans’ that’s expected to be presented on Monday in Washington.
The unveiling of CARES 2 is likely to unleash a torrent of debate over the details of a second direct payment, such as, , and how long it’ll take the IRS to start sending out the money once the final legislation passes. As the continues, knowing when a new direct payment might happen could make a huge difference to millions of Americans, especially now that and have .
To advance a possible timeline, we matched the Senate’s calendar with the payment schedule from the first stimulus check. This story is frequently updated with new information.
When could the IRS start to send the new stimulus checks?
“The president’s preference is to make sure that we send out direct payments quickly so that in August people get more money,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told CNBC on Thursday. “There is no question this worked before.”
But August is a long month. Looking over the Senate calendar and using the first stimulus check as a guide can give us some ballpark dates to work from. This is, of course, pure speculation, and there are several factors involved that could speed up or slow down check delivery.
The Aug. 7 deadline: The Senate’s last day in session before its August recess is Aug. 7. After that, senators return to their home states through Sept. 7 (Labor Day). That means there are 32 days from the last date of the Senate session (Aug. 7) until the first day of the following session (Sept. 8). If the Senate doesn’t pass a bill by Aug. 7, it won’t pick it up until then. The September session runs through Sept. 25.
Below are the dates of the first CARES Act’s journey through the final approval process. Roughly based on that model, we sketch out possibilities for the next stimulus act.
When could the second stimulus checks go out?
|Date passed by Senate||Date passed by House||Date signed||First checks sent|
|Original CARES Act||March 25||March 26||March 27||April 15|
|Proposal date||Negotiations begin||Negotiation time before deadline||Deadline to pass a bill|
|CARES 2 Act||July 27||July 28?||7 or 8 days||Aug 7|
|If Senate passes||If House passes||If President signs||First checks could be sent|
|Final negotiated bill||Aug. 6||Aug. 7||Aug. 10||Week of Aug. 24|
|Sept. 8||Sept. 9||Sept. 10 or Sept. 11||Week of Sept. 28|
What could make the second stimulus check arrive sooner?
Here are some possibilities that could result in the IRS sending checks sooner rather than later, assuming the next stimulus bill passes Congress on Aug. 7.
“If the parameters stayed the same, we could do it really quickly,” Sen. John Thune, a Republican from South Dakota, said, according to The Washington Post.
- CARES 2 guidelines are the same as the original CARES Act, which allows the IRS to follow the same model.
- The IRS already built its Get My Payment tool for the dual purposes of payment and signing up for . Implementing this tool for the first checks took time.
- If fewer people overall, those who do may receive their checks sooner because the backlog of people waiting will be smaller.
What could delay the IRS sending the second stimulus checks?
If Congress and President Donald Trump can’t agree on the contents of the next stimulus bill and miss the Aug. 7 deadline, it will be another month before the next session in Washington can reconvene and propose, debate and pass the bill.
Both chambers of Congress and the president appear motivated to pass the bill before Aug. 7, though the Senate has already fallen behind schedule.
What’s the last date I could receive a second stimulus check?
Once again, the first stimulus checks can provide a potential blueprint, though there’s no official news until another rescue package is passed.
The IRS will have sent about 200 million checks by the time it’s done distributing the first raft of payments. (The total US population is nearly 330 million people, according to the Census Bureau.)
The majority of those were sent by the beginning of June, though the IRS said it will continue to disburse the final batches through the end of the year. If there are, it’s possible that it won’t take as long to send a second round of checks.
Will this be the last stimulus check?
In May, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said this next coronavirus relief bill will also be the last. The course of COVID-19 infections will certainly play a role in future debates over the best way to strengthen the economy. Coronavirus infections , with record numbers of infections rising in July.
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