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. 


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.

Qui se qualifie?

  • Les déclarants dont le revenu brut ajusté peut atteindre $75 000 pour les particuliers et jusqu'à $150 000 pour les couples mariés qui produisent des déclarations conjointes recevront le paiement intégral.
  • 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.

Quand verrai-je mon paiement?

  • 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. Voir plus d'informations ici.

Ce paiement de relance affectera-t-il mon admissibilité aux prestations d'assistance publique, de Medicaid, de SNAP ou de la section 8 (ou autres?)

*These answers are based on the previous stimulus payment info

  • Medicaid. Le paiement ne compte pas comme «revenu» pour Medicaid. Si vous êtes âgé de 65 ans ou plus, aveugle ou handicapé, il ne comptera pas non plus comme «ressource» pendant 12 mois après l'avoir reçu. En d'autres termes, cela n'affectera pas votre éligibilité à Medicaid.
  • SSI et SSD. SSI ne considérera pas les paiements d'impact économique comme un revenu pour les bénéficiaires de SSI, et les paiements sont exclus des ressources pendant 12 mois.
  • Assistance publique. Les paiements de stimulation ne sont pas considérés comme des revenus aux fins de l'aide publique. La réception du paiement n'est pas soumise aux dispositions du montant forfaitaire. Le paiement sera exclu en tant que ressource dans le mois reçu et les deux mois suivants. Tous les fonds restants après cela seront comptés comme une ressource non exonérée
  • SNAP (Food Stamps). Les paiements de stimulation ne sont pas considérés comme des revenus aux fins du SNAP. Ils sont une ressource exonérée dans le mois reçu et un mois suivant. Tous les fonds restants après cela seront comptés comme une ressource non exonérée.
  • Avantages VA. Le paiement d'impact économique n'est pas considéré comme un revenu ou un actif aux fins de l'AV. Il est important que le chèque soit dépensé dans les 12 mois suivant sa réception, car tout argent de relance restant sera considéré comme un atout.
  • Section 8. Because the stimulus payment is not income, it should not affect someone’s Section 8 share.


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.


  • 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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