Every way the new $1,400 stimulus check compares to the $600, $1,200 payments
The now-ready third stimulus check is pretty different from the first two direct payments. Here's what we know.
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President Joe Biden signed the $1.9 trillion relief bill into law Thursday, making the third stimulus checks official. The IRS and Treasury will start sending the $1,400 payments out to eligible individuals and families starting this weekend via direct deposit -- here's how to track your payment if you qualify.
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All the differences between the three stimulus checks and how they affect you
Each round of stimulus payments has varied on the maximum amount per person and how many people qualify to receive the check. The second check was the least generous on both counts, and took 9 months to become law. However, it also made some groups of people eligible who weren't before, while sticking with the status quo on other provisions that more-progressive lawmakers wanted to revise.