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Third Stimulus Check Likely Coming Under Biden – How Much Could You Get?

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The 117th Congress was sworn in on Sunday, and one of the first items on its agenda is a third, larger stimulus payment. Other aspects of pandemic support, such as extended unemployment benefits and funds for state, local and tribal governments, are also on the table.

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President-elect Joe Biden, who will be inaugurated on Jan. 20, is in favor of more stimulus spending, as is the House of Representatives. The U.S. Senate has plenty of supporters as well, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is not one of them. He prevented a vote on legislation last week that would have given everyone $2,000 instead of the $600 that is being distributed now.

One concern is how to target the benefits. The checks to taxpayers have two goals. One is to support people who have seen their incomes shrink due to unemployment, declines in hours or falling small business revenues. The other is to encourage people to spend money to support the economy. Not everyone who received a $600 check needed the funds, but if they go out and spend the money, they will be acting in the spirit of the law. Meanwhile, many of those who needed money for financial security needed far more than $600.

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Tomorrow is Georgia’s Senate runoff election. Depending on the outcome, the Senate will shift to a Democrat majority, power will be balanced between the two parties or Republicans will retain their majority. The future of the stimulus is in the balance.

To check on the whereabouts of your stimulus payment, go to the IRS Get My Payment portal. If you missed out on this payment or the earlier one in April 2020, you can claim it as a refund when you file your 2020 income taxes.

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