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Stimulus Check

Second Stimulus Check and Other Benefits. Everything You Need to Know.

Edited: 12/27/2020 to reflect President Trump has signed the bill, making it a law.

A $900 billion economic relief package was signed by President Trump, making it a law, on Sunday December 27, 2020. It includes a number of benefits, including another stimulus check, eviction protections, unemployment benefits and other benefits. 

STIMULUS CHECKS

Eligible taxpayers who filed tax returns for 2019 will automatically receive an economic impact payment of up to $600 for individuals or $1,200 for married couples and up to $600 for each qualifying child 17 years old and under.

Quien califica?

  • Los contribuyentes con ingresos brutos ajustados de hasta $75,000 para individuos y hasta $150,000 para parejas casadas que presenten declaraciones conjuntas recibirán el pago completo.
  • For filers with income above those amounts, the payment amount is reduced by $5 for each $100 above the $75,000 for single filers, $150,000 thresholds for joint filers, and $112.500 for those who filed as head of household.
  • Single filers with income exceeding $87,000 and $174,000 for joint filers with no children are not eligible.
  • Payments will now go automatically to individuals who receive Veterans pension of disability compensation and Social Security benefits.

Do immigrants or mixed-status households qualify?

  • Undocumented immigrants unfortunately are not eligible but their spouses and children are eligible as long as they have Social Security numbers.
  • Mixed-status households with undocumented family members will now receive stimulus checks that they were denied under the first round of legislation
    • Additionally, this new bill also retroactively makes mixed-status families with one Social Security number-holder eligible for the $1,200 per household and $500 per child checks allocated by the CARES Act, which was enacted in late March.

¿Cuándo veré mi pago?

  • The vast majority of people do not need to take any action. The IRS will calculate and automatically send the economic impact payment to those eligible within several weeks of the bill being signed.
  • If the IRS does not have your direct deposit information, there will likely be an opportunity to use the web-based portal for individuals to provide their banking information to the IRS online, so that individuals can receive payments immediately as opposed to checks in the mail. Ver más información aquí.

¿Este pago de estímulo afectará mi elegibilidad para recibir Asistencia Pública, Medicaid, SNAP u beneficios de la Sección 8 (u otros?)

*These answers are based on the previous stimulus payment info

  • Seguro de enfermedad. El pago no cuenta como "ingreso" para Medicaid. Si tiene más de 65 años, es ciego o está discapacitado, tampoco contará como un "recurso" durante los 12 meses posteriores a su recepción. En otras palabras, no afectará su elegibilidad para Medicaid.
  • SSI y SSD. SSI no considerará los pagos de impacto económico como ingresos para los destinatarios de SSI, y los pagos están excluidos de los recursos durante 12 meses.
  • Asistencia pública. Los pagos de estímulo no se cuentan como ingresos a los fines de la Asistencia Pública. La recepción del pago no está sujeta a las disposiciones de suma global. El pago se excluirá como recurso en el mes recibido y los dos meses siguientes. Cualquier fondo restante después de eso se contará como un recurso no exento
  • SNAP (cupones de alimentos). Los pagos de estímulo no se cuentan como ingresos a los efectos de SNAP. Son un recurso exento en el mes recibido y un mes después. Cualquier fondo restante después de eso se contará como un recurso no exento.
  • Beneficios de VA. El pago de impacto económico no cuenta como ingresos o activos para fines de VA. Es importante que el cheque se gaste dentro de los 12 meses posteriores a su recepción, ya que cualquier dinero de estímulo restante se considerará un activo.
  • Sección 8. Because the stimulus payment is not income, it should not affect someone’s Section 8 share.

OTHER BENEFITS

Unemployment benefits

  • The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program will be extended for another 11 weeks, until March 14, 2021. The program provides support for Americans who are unable to work due to the Coronavirus pandemic, but do not qualify for traditional Unemployment Insurance (UI
  • There will be an additional $300 payable to claimants under the Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (PUC) supplement program.

Evictions

  • The bill is expected to extend the nationwide eviction moratorium by one month, through the end of January.
  • There are other housing protections, but its best you call a lawyer to understand your options. Our COVID-19 hotline can help.

This resource does not constitute legal advice nor does it substitute for legal advice.

For help with your specific circumstances, contact NYLAG’s NY COVID-19 Legal Resource Hotline. It’s free and confidential.

For the latest resources and up-to-date information on court procedures, policies, and COVID-related benefits, visit NYLAG’s COVID-19 Resource Center.

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