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Third Stimulus Check: What Should You Know

Updated : March 17th, 2021

Third Stimulus Check: What Should You Know

On March 11, 2021, President Joe Biden signed a $1.9 trillion  American Rescue Plan that would provide another round of federal stimulus checks to millions of Americans. The $1.9 trillion bill includes various provisions such as the $1,400 third stimulus check, $400 unemployment weekly bonus checks, and many more. 

In this post, we will tell you about the various provisions included in the $1.9 trillion bill and who qualifies for the third round of stimulus checks. 

More About The Third Stimulus Bill

The Third Stimulus Bill was passed by the House of Representatives in February 2021. The lawmakers wanted the bill to come into effect before March 14, 2021, as some COVID-19 unemployment benefits. After weeks together of negotiations and discussion, President Joe Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan on March 11,2021. 

The  American Rescue Plan provides a $1,400 direct payment to the Americans. It also includes the following provisions:

  • Support for landlords and renters 
  • $130 billion for K-12 education
  • 100% subsidy of COBRA health insurance premiums for the unemployed people
  • Increase in the Child Tax Credit (for dependents) from $2,000 to $3,600 for children under the age of 6 and $3,000 for children ages 6 to 17
  • 15% increase in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits through September 30, 2021, provides $1 billion for nutrition assistance programs in the United States, and $1.15 billion to states for SNAP administration
  • $350 billion in aid to states, cities, tribal governments, and U.S. territories
  • Extension of the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits of $300 a week through September 6, 2021 and increases the total number of weeks available from 50 to 79
  • Additional funding for people with mortgages, rent, and utility bills
  • $50 billion for additional COVID-19 testing and contact tracing, $19 billion for increasing the size of the public health workforce
  • $16 billion for vaccine distribution and supply chains

Who Qualifies For $1,400 Payment?

The third stimulus check would keep the income limit the same for the first and second checks. But because the third checks are expected to max out at $1,400 $200 more than the first round, some people who didn’t qualify for previous stimulus checks can hope to get a small amount this time. 

Here’s the income limit to be eligible for the full amount under the third stimulus bill based on your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI).


Type of taxpayer Full $1,400 per person maximum (based on AGI) Not eligible (based on AGI)
Singles  Less than $75,000 $100,000 or more
Head of household Less than $112,500 $150,000 or more
Married couple filing jointly Less than $150,000 $200,000 or more

Dependents over age 16 who were not eligible for the first and second checks may qualify for the third check. That is, college students, older adult relatives, and people with certain disabilities may receive a check as part of the household total. Similarly, those who file jointly and earn $198,000 may get $112, and heads of household earning $137,000 may get $486.

The new bill has also expanded the qualifications to include mixed-status families, where at least one member has a Social Security number.

When Will You Get A $1,400 Check?

The Internal Revenue Service may begin rolling out payments in a few weeks. If you are expecting payments, you can track its status using Get My Payment tool. 

How Will You Receive The Third Stimulus Check?

You may receive the non-taxable $1,400 stimulus checks by direct deposit with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). If you don’t have direct deposit with the IRS, you may receive a check or debit card in the mail. 

Why File Your Taxes At The Earliest?

The IRS started accepting tax returns on February 12, 2021, with the filing window closing on April 15, 2021. That means the agency may start rolling out $1,400 stimulus checks in the middle of tax season. If you don’t file your 2020 tax return before the new bill is passed, the agency will rely on your 2019 tax return to calculate your stimulus amount, and the 2019 return might reflect your loss in any income in 2020 or a new child.

But by filing for a 2020 tax return sooner, you may be able to claim the extra money on Form 1040s through the Recovery Rebate Credit or an adjustment between what you got from the IRS versus what you are entitled to.  

Closing Thoughts 

The Third Stimulus Bill can help millions of Americans to make it through the tough times while boosting the economy. As mentioned above, the IRS may begin rolling out payments soon, therefore, keep an eye on your bank account and check your mails regularly for payments. 


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  1. I lived in ga in 2019 and move to florida in 2020 and work for the xmas months in nov-dec. I was told to do a combine wage claim. my question is which state do i file the claim in?

  2. I filed for pua in Ohio back in October 2020.My claim has been in ajudacatuon since 11/1/20.So 2 to 6 weeks is a total understatement! When I call.i am told to basically hurry up and wait some more.I have recently been redetermined and my claim is allowed.but I have one pending issue.How long is too long?

    1. Nicole,

      Unfortunately, nobody has an answer. There are perhaps thousands of pending applications. Please consider the option of visiting an office in the vicinity if safe and feasible.

  3. If you claim your weeks for unemployment and for the next 2 months you still have not received your money. Where can you go in volusia county to talk with a live person

  4. On NYS DOL website, my claim is saying current yet the information is for my old claim with 0 days remaining despite receiving 2 weeks of payments on the new claim and I was able to certify last night. I haven’t received anything; no letters or emails.

  5. I was disqualified for UI benefits for not providing an ID and other forms of identification. How do I fix this?

    1. Hi Mike, I’m in NYS and was at the end of my BYE on 3/14, I was still certifying but wasn’t getting paid. I found out I had to file a new claim because my other was exhausted. I’m still waiting on approval. Maybe you have to file a new claim. I hope this helps.

  6. They say 2-6 weeks it’s more accurate to say 2-6 months; and when you call many of them are rude and unwilling to assist!

  7. someone needs to look into Sharon L. Anton gillette, wyo. or dickinson, nd she is a fraud and has done so many fraudulent things and please look into her

    1. Annette,

      Please report it to the Fraud Division of the Unemployment Office in your state. You can report on the website.

  8. I worked part time for thee years here in florida. I’m currently not working. I’m also retired and collects social security.
    My question is
    Am I qualified to file for unemployment ?

    1. Ruby,

      To be eligible, you’re required to have sufficient hours and earnings. Please use the “Benefits Calculator” available on this website.

  9. So adjudication takes 8 to 12 weeks. Oh okay, that explains why I havent received payment since July. That surely helps just like the rest of the information that you give. And by the way. What’s the NEW reason you can’t get through to the Call Center.

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