Personal Finance
March 22, 2020

Everything You Need to Know About the Direct Stimulus Package

Written By Emily Jones
Last updated March 25, 2020

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The Government Announced they are looking to send checks to Americans immediately. The move is in response to the ever growing coronavirus pandemic. Providing cash directly to Americans is part of a larger stimulus plan. The plan totals $2 trillion dollars. We cover the ever changing details below.

The White House originally floated the idea of a payroll tax, however a payroll tax does not address the immediate need for individuals who have lost their jobs, been furloughed, or are a part of the gig economy. In fact, layoffs are already taking place. Steve Mnuchin, Treasury Secretary has warned lawmakers the US is looking at a 20% unemployment rate in the near future. If you have been laid off, here are some options.

Direct Stimulus

The bill includes sending a one time check of $1,200, based on income. To receive a check you must fall into one of the categories below.

  • Make $75,000 or less annually.
  • Be a married couple who files jointly, making $150,000 or less a year.
  • If you make over $75,00 a year, the payment would fall by $5 for each $100 earned over $75,000, capping at $99,000 a year.
  • If you have children you would receive $500 per child (if your family falls into one of the above categories).

Unemployment Benefits

Unemployment Benefits are set to be expanded to 4 months and include more benefits. In addition, the program will be available to gig workers, furloughed employees, and freelancers. The bill also includes a significant boost in payouts.

Small Business Help

Emergency loans will be offered through June 30. These federally guaranteed loans will be forgiven if the business continues to pay their workers throughout this crisis.

Big Business Aid

Much of the disagreement between Republicans and Democrats had to do with the Corporate bailout money set to be included within this particular stimulus plan. Democrats argued that the money should going directly to the hands of Americans. Republicans argued that this influx of money to certain corporations will help keep specific industries afloat.

The final bill does include bailout money for specific industries, such as hotels and airlines. However, companies that benefit from these federal funds will be forbidden from engaging in stock buybacks. Companies are forbidden from stock buybacks while they receive government assistance and for an additional year after that.

The timeline of when the checks would go out is uncertain. The Senate still has to pass the bill and President Trump must sign. However, given the severity of the crisis, the government is hoping to send payments out within 2 weeks.

The White House is very concerned about the economy crashing. The government has to deal with both a health and economic crisis. The Government is hoping direct cash payments will inject some money into the economy. As well as aiding those affected by job loss or reduction in hours.

About the Author

Emily Jones

Emily Jones has been writing for personal finance blogs for over 5 years. Her specific interests include, budget travel, living well on a budget, and deal finding. While in graduate school Emily was forced to find creative ways to be able to afford to travel. Now that she has a family, her affection for travel and shopping continue, but on a very tight budget. Emily enjoys sharing her deal finding tricks with her readers.

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