Will prisoners receive Covid-19 stimulus checks?

WITH the third round of stimulus checks on the way, some have questioned the eligibility of the nation's incarcerated in receiving the money.

Biden's name will not appear on this third round of stimulus checks. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said, in order to "expedite the payments and not delay them."

Will prisoners receive Covid-19 stimulus checks?

Incarcerated citizens will be eligible for stimulus relief payments with Biden's March 2021 Covid-19 relief bill confirmed Snopes.

The Trump administration’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020 also enabled incarcerated citizens to get stimulus relief money, largely "because the language did not exclude them."

Biden's American Rescue Plan Act immediately received criticism from Republican senators like Senator Tom Cotton, who tweeted that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the man behind the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings, would “be getting a $1,400 stimulus check as part of the Democrats’ ‘COVID relief’ bill.”

Although incarcerated felons are eligible for the money, many prisons have put up "administrative and logistical roadblocks" for inmates hoping to receive these checks.

During the Trump administration, the Internal Revenue Service, the IRS confirmed that in the summer of 2020 they had issued less than 1% of the total relief payments to prisoners and deceased individuals.

In 2020, IRS management said that “payments to these populations of individuals were allowed because the CARES Act does not prohibit them from receiving a payment.”

When did Biden sign the stimulus bill?

President Biden's Covid relief bill includes a new round of stimulus checks worth $1,400 to get the US economy moving.

Lawmakers passed the bill in the Senate and it cleared Congress on March 10.

President Biden signed off on the bill on March 12, 2021, and it's hoped the third round of financial support will get people spending to boost the economy after the slump caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Following the news, the Treasury confirmed that the first batch of $1,400 stimulus checks will be going to those who gave their direct debit information in their 2019 and 2020 tax filings.

Those who received their cash via direct debit for the first and second round of checks also received theirs quicker.

For Americans that do not have their banking details on file with the IRS, they will receive paper checks and EIP cards.

Who else is eligible for the stimulus check?

Despite the Covid relief package being a whopping $1.9trillion, not all Americans will be eligible for the stimulus.

The latest round of cash will start to be phased out for individual tax payers who earn $75,000 a year.

But once you hit the $80,000 annual gross income (AGI) limit, you won't be able eligible for the help at all.

Moderates also forced tightened eligibility for couples hoping to obtain stimulus checks, now phased out completely at pair making $160,000.

However, those that fit the bill will receive $1,400 if they are single, and $2,800 if they are in a married couple.

This also means that a family of four could see a package of up to $5,600.

Like the single-taxpayer cut off, there's a $120,000 AGI cap on how much heads of households can earn to be eligible for the help.

Those who are non-US citizens, or non-resident aliens may have some trouble cashing in on the new bill too.

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