Second stimulus check qualifications: Details on dependents, eligibility, non-filers

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It’s expected that millions more people will be included the second time around.


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We may soon know who will be able to qualify for a second stimulus check if the final coronavirus relief bill takes shape later this week.

As negotiations continue on another rescue bill, last week’s passage of the House of Representatives’ new Heroes 2.0 proposal illuminates one point that has bipartisan support. A new relief bill could provide more stimulus money overall because both the Republican and Democratic proposals broaden the definition of who counts as a dependent. (Here’s how the IRS defines an adult in terms of stimulus checks.)

President Donald Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis and current hospitalization could also affect the timeline for passing new economic relief legislation, but we’ll detail any relevant updates in this story.

Keep reading for a primer on eligibility — and consult the stimulus check calculator to estimate the size of your next check, when and if it…

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