Esto también se puede leer en español.

Leer en español

Don't show this again

Stimulus executive order signed Unemployment benefits update 2020 Perseid meteor shower French's Mustard Beer Trump bans TikTok New Apple 27-inch iMac

Stimulus check 2: How fast the IRS could send it to you if Congress strikes a deal

Assuming negotiators can reach an agreement, the White House has a plan to ready your second direct payment faster than the first check. We worked out some potential dates of when this could happen.

004-counting-cash-money-dollar-bills-hands-blue-background-stimulus-2020

A second stimulus check is being worked on, but the payment schedule is still unknown. We break down some likely scenarios.

Sarah Tew/CNET

While the executive order and memoranda that President Donald Trump signed on Saturday are intended to address such critical needs as a lapsed moratorium on evictions, his administrative actions in no way rule out your receiving other benefits Trump didn't cover, such as a second stimulus check. Negotiators of the currently stalled coronavirus relief package do support another $1,200 payment, and the two sides have not ruled out restarting talks on a proposed stimulus package.

"If we can get a fair deal, we'll do it this week," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Monday. That may be a spot optimistic considering that talks left off on Friday with no discussion scheduled yet for this week. But once an agreement is reached, assuming the happens, he said the IRS could start sending payments much more speedily than the 19 days it took from the passage of the CARES Act to the time the first stimulus checks were delivered.

If the two sides do come together on a new coronavirus rescue bill, here's who we think might be first in line to get the new direct payment, and when. This story updates frequently as the news develops.

How soon the IRS would send the second stimulus checks

Several scenarios that could play out. With an eye toward Republicans and Democrats picking back up discussions and reaching an agreement soon, the House and Senate have extended the length of their current session. Mnuchin on Monday said if the two sides could find common ground, they could reach an agreement this week.

When and if the new proposal does pass, Mnuchin's promise of sending the first checks a week later gives us a new timeline to work from in forecasting when the first Americans could get their checks. For reference, we also include the dates followed by the now expired CARES Act, which passed in March to help counter the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Keep reading for who could get their payment first.

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 Original deadline to agree on a bill
HEALS Act July 27 July 27 7 to 12 days Aug. 7






If Senate passes If House passes If President signs First checks could be sent
Final negotiated bill Aug. 12 Aug. 13 Aug. 14 Week of Aug. 24

Aug. 13 Aug. 14 Aug. 17 Week of Aug. 24

Sept. 8 Sept. 9 Sept. 10 or Sept. 11 Week of Sept. 21

Who would get their stimulus check first?

It's likely the IRS would use roughly the same calculations and tools for sending out the second stimulus check as it did for the first one, including the IRS Get My Payment tool for tracking your stimulus check payment and signing up for direct deposit

The IRS sent the first batch of stimulus checks to people who had filed 2018 or 2019 tax returns and had already provided the IRS with their direct deposit information, according to the House Committee on Ways and Means. Following that model, the next stimulus payment could first reach people who have already registered for direct deposit, either as part of their 2019 tax filing or before.

The next group were Social Security beneficiaries who had direct deposit information on file with federal agencies. (About 80 million people got their checks through direct deposit in the first week they were disbursed, according to the IRS.) 

Paper checks didn't start getting mailed out until about a week later, to people who hadn't signed up for direct deposit, but you could still register for the electronic bank transfer as late as May 13. The first Economic Impact Payment debit cards, which are prepaid, were sent in mid-May to about 4 million people. 

stimulus-check-in-us-mail-envelope-cash-money-2020013

Another check for up to $1,200 could find its way into your bank account.

Sarah Tew/CNET

How your stimulus check would arrive later than other people's

We won't know for sure until a new bill is passed and the IRS forms a plan to send out checks, but here are points to consider.

Changes to aid for dependents: This depends on which version of the bill passes. The CARES Act allotted $500 for dependents age 16 and under. The Republican-backed HEALS Act also allocates $500 for dependents, of any age. But the Democrat-backed Heroes Act suggests $1,200 for a maximum of three dependents. If a change is made, even if it ultimately leads to more money being sent, it could require the IRS to adjust its accounting system. That could potentially slow things down for you. 

Banking status: With the first checks, people who didn't submit direct deposit information to the IRS had to wait longer to receive the stimulus money through the mail. As of June, 120 million people received the stimulus money through direct deposit, 35 million through a check in the mail, and 4 million through a prepaid debit card. The IRS hasn't provided an update on how many people received a stimulus check by Aug. 1.

Now playing: Watch this: Stimulus standoff on Capitol Hill
1:21

Banking status has affected the speed of payments since the CARES Act passed, disproportionately impacting Black Americans and people of color, according to an analysis (PDF) by the think tank Urban Institute. People who are white and whose incomes were above the poverty line were more likely to have received their first stimulus check by the end of May than people who are Black, Hispanic or below the poverty line, the analysis found. 

People who didn't make enough money to be required to file federal income tax returns in 2018 or 2019 also would not get a stimulus check unless they submitted a form to the IRS, according to a report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. This group includes low-income families with children and a far greater number of Black people and people of color.

When's the last date you would get the new stimulus check?

Once again, the schedule for the first stimulus checks can provide a potential roadmap, but there's no official news until another rescue package is finalized.

The IRS will have sent about 200 million checks by the time the agency is done distributing the first raft of payments. (The total US population is over 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 send payments through the end of the year.

coronavirus-businesses-9856

US workers are experiencing a staggeringly high unemployment rate.

Angela Lang/CNET

How you can get more help

If you're still waiting on the first round of coronavirus payments, you can track the status of your stimulus check, learn how to report your no-show check to the IRS and find possible reasons why your stimulus check still hasn't arrived.

Here are even more resources about coronavirus hardship loans and unemployment insurance, what you can do if you've lost your job, what to know about evictions and late car payments, if you could receive two refund checks from the IRS and how to take control of your budget.

Julie Snyder and Shelby Brown contributed to this report.