Second stimulus check: Here’s who could be first to get a new payment and how soon it may come

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How soon could your second stimulus check come? We lay out some possible dates, from when the bill is passed to when your money could actually arrive.


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There’s still plenty of time for Congress to approve a new economic relief package and send out another round of payments to those who qualify in 2020. And at least one negotiator is set on making a deal. “We are committed to staying here until we have an agreement,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday.

The two sides, however, have yet to return to the table after talks broke down more than a month ago. The good news is, if the two sides do come to an agreement on a new relief bill and you’re eligible for a payment of up to $1,200 per adult, the federal government now has the system in place to send stimulus checks out quicker than it did with your first check.

Below, we piece together when a new direct payment could arrive if more funds do come through this year. And we explain a priority system based on check delivery that could determine if you get your money first or last.

Meanwhile, CNET’s stimulus check calculator can estimate how much you might receive. Here’s how to report…

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