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Mar 10, 2021
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A third round of coronavirus aid checks should be coming soon,Millions of Americans reeling from the economic damage of the pandemic would get one-time direct payments of up to $1,400. The payments are part of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, his first major initiative since taking office in January, which is likely to get final approval in the House Wednesday morning.

Not everyone will get the checks. Here’s a closer look at who will get the checks, and who won’t:

High-wage earners
Under the new legislation, individuals with an adjusted gross income of $80,000 or less ($160,000 for joint filers) are eligible for a one-time payment of up to $1,400, plus an additional $1,400 for each dependent child. The payments start to phase out for individuals earning $75,000 and will cut off completely for anyone who makes more than $80,000. For couples filing jointly, the phaseout starts for those making $150,000 and cuts off at $160,000.

The new eligibility rules mean the checks will phase out more quickly than during the two previous rounds, when the cutoff was $99,000 for individuals and $198,000 for joint filers with no children.

Students
This time, parents with dependent children of any age will receive $1,400 per dependent as long as they meet the income eligibility requirements.

Elderly and disabled people
This time, seniors and disabled adults who are claimed as dependents by someone else will be eligible for a check.

Immigrants
Immigrants qualify for a check if they meet the eligibility criteria and have a valid Social Security number.

Immigrants with green cards or H-1B and H-2A work visas are eligible for a check. Nonresidents, temporary workers and immigrants in the country illegally are not.

Mixed-status families – those with different citizenship and immigration classifications – will be eligible for a check as long as one member of the household has a Social Security number. In other words, if one spouse is a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident and the other spouse isn’t, the family will still qualify for a check as long as one of them has a Social Security number.
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