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How quickly will you get a second stimulus?
Last updated: September 10, 2022
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How quickly will you get a second stimulus?

The CARES Act was passed on March 27, 2020, which included stimulus money for individuals, as well as a host of other benefits to protect people and families against the impacts of #Coronavirus. The CARES Act was monumental in a few key ways:

  • It was massive, approximately $2 trillion dollars in total
  • It was comprehensive, the 800+ page document covered individuals and families, businesses and industries, unemployment, medical research, and more
  • It passed through congress and was signed into law at lightning speed - it took 3 days

The CARES Act is proof that the U.S. Congress can act swiftly and effectively for American workers, when it is united in purpose and believe in a common goal. If we use the timeline from the CARES Act, we can potentially estimate how quickly the next round of help will be available.

For a bill to become a law, it must be 1) approved by a majority vote from the House of Representatives, 2) approved by majority vote from the Senate, and 3) signed by the President. Once it is a law, only then can the IRS start to figure out how much and who is eligible for a stimulus payment. In the case of the CARES Act, it took the IRS 17 days to begin issuing payments to the 150 million qualified recipients.

Congress, however, has been at a stand-still for months and doesn’t return from summer recess until after Labor Day. Effectively, September 8, 2020 is the earliest possible start-date for the timeline to begin. If the government could agree with the same sense of urgency as it had back in March 2020, we could use the timeline to estimate how quickly individuals could get their next stimulus payment:

|Proposal | House of Reps approval | Senate approval | President Signs | First day IRS issues payments | | :------------: | :------------: |:---------------:| :-----:|:-----:| | CARES Act ✅ | 1 day (Mar 26) | 1 day (Mar 25) | 1 day (Mar 27)| 17 days (Apr 15)| | Next proposal - if Congress can agree | 1 day (Sep 8)| 1 day (Sep 9) | 1 day (Sept 10)| 17 days (Sep 28)* |

*Sep 27th is a Sunday, this assumes that the IRS would not be able to issue payments until the following business day.

The reality is that Congress is still deeply divided and so while U.S. workers are facing 10.2% #unemployment, increased risks amidst a pandemic, and overall financial hardship, the help that should be on it's way is stuck with the politicians.

The top two competing bills are the HEROES Act and the HEALS Act - both proposals include another one-time stimulus payment to individuals of $1,200. The HEROES Act was approved by the House of Representatives back in May 2020, but the Senate thought it was too big. The HEALS Act is smaller, but some argue it's not comprehensive enough.

Want to know more about the HEROES and HEALS Acts currently in Congress? 

It took the IRS approximately two and half weeks to start making payments to individuals. But not everyone received their payment quickly. Stimulus payments, under the CARES Act, went in the following order:

|Time from first day that IRS issued payment (Apr 15) | Group of recipients | | :------------: | :------------: | |Week 1| Anyone who had submitted a 2018 or 2019 tax return to the IRS with direct deposit information (including Social Security recipients)
| Week 2 | Individuals who had a direct deposit or an address on record with the IRS. Payments were issued to people with the lowest incomes first| |Weeks 3 & 4: First half of May| Adults who receive Social Security, SSI, and SSDI on direct deposit, but who did not file their 2018 or 2019 tax returns started receiving payments| | Weeks 5 & 6: Second half of May| Direct payments and paper checks were issued to other recipients and Social Security and SSI recipients with representative payees| |Weeks 7-10: June | Paper checks continued; tax authorities in U.S. territories begin issuing payments|

But the IRS is not done making the stimulus payment that was enacted in March 2020.


**What are your thoughts on another stimulus payment? Do you think it is reasonable to wait months for a payment? **

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Brett Blackwell

My business didn't survive quarantine and temp agency jobs only last 2-3 days. My rent is $1700/mo. Thank God we can't get evicted, but now I just need to worry about finding a job that's consistent. Doesn't look good tho now that winter is coming and I have no idea why I employment won't ever get back to me. I paid my taxes. Second stimulus won't even compensate half the needs I need. So if it does come, which it won't, I'll be in same the spot anyways. My utilities is over $1300 since march and I can't pay that, leap and cope only covered 300 and that's not included in what I owe.

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Ruth Ortiz-Ramirez

Won't happen

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Roger Angress

'It is to come when it is to come.'Madam Defarge 'Tale of Two Cities' Charles Dickens

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Michael Monroe

They are not worried about us.they get paid anyway.we are out of site_out of mind to them.

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Gerald Taylor

I didn't get the first one because of child support so do we get one this time around because we do have bills to pay

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Julie Woolum

No because we all are in need something to live on until we get back to work or more hours. Over dùe bills.so please help. Tku

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Corrin Shepherd

I still haven’t received my unemployment I’ve done 8 weeks and still haven’t got money idk what to do this month

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Terry Criss

This is ridiculous they need to pull their heads out of their asses make some decisions now this is affecting all of us in very hard times come on Congress get it together.. PLEASE,,,,,,,

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Blue lives Matter

They collect their paychecks get paid vacations what about the ones who put you in your seats

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Vivian French

I don't have hope in anything as far as getting another check seniors are having a hard time like me and at my age I am still working a part time job cause it is hard to get full time. It has been going on for a long time of just waiting

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