After months of stalled talks, back and forth between the Trump administration, and orders and counter orders of the president, an agreement regarding a new relief bill that will include a second stimulus check has almost been reached. If the proposed package is enacted, who would qualify as dependents?
The new stimulus package is still being negotiated by the White House and House Democrats, and there are several proposals on the table. All of them include a second direct payment and an additional per dependent, but between them, there are some differences regarding who would qualify.
If the plan promoted by President Donald Trump is approved, the intention is to send payments of $ 1,000 for each applicable dependent and a family could obtain up to $ 3,000 per dependent, which would be added to the base payment of $ 1,200 per individual.
The other bills that have been presented, which are the Republican’s HEALS Act, the Democrat’s HEROES Act, and the bipartisan “March To Common Ground”, all propose $ 500 dollars per dependent.
Therefore, unless Trump's idea is passed, the subsidy of $ 500 per dependent would most likely be maintained.
Dependents of legal age
Though the $500 figure will probably remain the same, an important change to consider is the fact that in most of the legislations that succeeded the CARES Act and that are now on the table, dependents of legal age are included, which would imply additional money for beneficiaries who were not previously eligible.
Under the CARES Act, only dependents under the age of 17 were eligible for payment, limiting the scope of extra help. One of the great changes of the new proposals on the table is that they do not leave out parents with university students of legal age (and under 24) as well as dependent adults and disabled dependents of any age.
Non-citizens who pay taxes
Under both the CARES Act and the HEALS Act, potential recipients need to have a Social Security number to receive payment; this is not so in the HEROES Act.
This legislation provides for people who are not citizens but who pay taxes with an ITIN or Taxpayer Identification Number to be eligible for the aid. If this proposal were the one to finally be enacted, Americans married to ITIN immigrants who file jointly would be eligible for the check and their US-born children would also qualify as dependents.
This last incorporation has growing support from Republicans as well.