From the very beginning, there has been no single consensus for how much money a $2,000 every month until the end of the . A last-minute push by -- who has now -- focused the conversation on a . Now, and others have picked up the mantle.should bring each . It's ranged from $1,200 for the first check, and proposals for other per-person maximums along the way, including
"$600 is simply not enough when you have to choose between paying rent or putting food on the table. We need $2,000 stimulus checks," Biden tweeted Sunday. While it isn't clear if would change once again in a third check, there's renewed momentum to increase the size from $600.
Backed by a, Biden will almost certainly attempt to use his presidential influence to help steer Congress into approving a as part of a In anticipation of that conversation, we'll help you calculate your household's total now, compare the upper limits in a $600 versus $2,000 check and explain how more people could qualify in the third round.
Stimulus calculator: Find out your household's total with a $2,000 check
As with the first two stimulus checks, the total per person limit isn't necessarily what you'll get in a final payment. Depending on circumstances like your, eligible and , you could get a lot more or less.
The calculator below follows theso far, and keeps the $600 flat rate for child dependents from the second stimulus check. It isn't clear if that would change. You'll need your to get started. CNET's stimulus calculator does not store or use your personal details, and provides estimates only.
Calculate your $2,000 stimulus check total
Use details from your 2019 tax return.
1. Choose your filing status below.
2. What was your adjusted gross income (AGI)?
3. How many qualified dependents did you claim in your taxes?
$600 versus $2,000: Compare the maximum amount you could receive
A $600 to $2,000 check is a huge leap, and we wanted to highlight just what a difference the two numbers make with a handy chart below. These figures represent the highest amount a household could get, but remember that just like the first and second payments, there will be reasons.
Since we don't know whichto the third payment, we've kept them the same for now, including a $600 flat rate per qualified .
Stimulus check maximums: $600 versus $2,000
||$600 stimulus check ($600 per child age 16 or under)||$2,000 stimulus check ($600 per child age 16 or under)|
|Individual taxpayer, 0 child dependents||$600 maximum||$2,000 maximum|
|Head of household, 1 child dependent||$1,200 maximum||$2,600 maximum|
|Head of household, 2 child dependents||$1,800 maximum||$3,200 maximum|
|Head of household, 3 child dependents||$2,400 maximum||$3,800 maximum|
|Married couple, 0 child dependents||$1,200 maximum||$4,000 maximum|
|Married couple, 1 child dependent||$1,800 maximum||$4,600 maximum|
|Married couple, 2 child dependents||$2,400 maximum||$5,200 maximum|
|Married couple, 3 child dependents||$3,000 maximum||$5,800 maximum|
For more, here's what's happening with the right now, how to and what happens if your .
How more people would qualify with a $2,000 stimulus check
When Congress dropped the second stimulus check limit to $600, it, simply because it (as ).
For example, with the first check a single tax filer who earned under $75,000 since their previous tax return received the full $1,200. As theirlevel rose, the total they were entitled to receive dropped. After $99,000, they weren't eligible to get anything at all.
Fast forward to the $600 maximum amount in the second check. The cutoff remained $75,000 to receive the total, but using the formula laid out in the text of the bill, the threshold to receive any amount of stimulus money as an individual (with no children) is an AGI of $87,000. Make more than that, and you're not eligible for a check.
A third stimulus check for $2,000 would raise that income threshold, making that cutoff below $115,000 for a single taxpayer to receive a partial check. (According to the formula used by the IRS, single taxpayers who make 114,900 a year would get a $5 stimulus check. Try it out in the calculator above.)
Children change the equation, which is why we once again recommend using our stimulus check calculator for a better estimate of your personal financial picture.