By Derek Major
After almost six months of negotiations, mud-slinging, and false promises, President Donald Trump signed the second coronavirus relief package.
Democrats, including President-elect Joe Biden, have already said a third package will be necessary, and now Americans will receive a coronavirus stimulus check of $600, a weekly $300 federal unemployment benefit.
For those wondering when they can expect to receive their stimulus checks, it will most likely be a couple of weeks. Trump’s refusal to sign the bill last week threw off the timing of printing and sending out the relief checks. Also, with the holidays coming up at the end of this week, the first checks may not be processed and printed until the end of the first week in January.
When the first checks went out in March, there were a little more than 200 deaths and more than 65,000 Americans infected. Today, there are more than 16 million Americans infected and more than 320,000 deaths.
As for who will receive coronavirus stimulus checks and how much they will receive, the guidelines are pretty much the same as the first set of checks. Individuals earning $75,000 or less will receive a $600 relief check. Married couples making less than $150,000 will receive $1,200 checks. An additional $500 will be given for each child claimed. Individuals earning between $75,000 and $99,000 will receive a reduced payment that will subtract $5 for every $100 the person makes over $75,000. Both paper checks and direct deposits will be used to distribute the funds.
Taxpayers who filed for 2019 and indicated their payment preference — direct deposit or paper check — will get their stimulus payments in that form. If no preference was indicated a paper check is what you will receive.
Americans filing jobless claims will also receive an extra $300 per week for the next four months as the federal unemployment benefit will last through March 14, 2021.
Among those ineligible for the second round of payments include the wealthiest Americans, low-income Americans who have not filed taxes recently, and undocumented immigrants — many of whom came to America to live the dream, but have seen it turn into a nightmare during the pandemic.