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If you claimed dependents on your 2019 tax return, you should’ve received at least $500 in the first round of stimulus checks.


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If you claim a dependent on your taxes, you might receive more money in a second stimulus check than you did in the first, if a bill is approved in Congress. There are now three different proposals for a new stimulus bill that all expand the definition of a dependent in a way that’s sure to bring your family a larger sum, so long as you’re eligible for a new check (when and if it happens).

According to the latest proposal under consideration, a $1.8 trillion White House effort, the total for child dependents could rise from $500 to as high as $1,000 in a second round. Two other proposals wanted to bring $500 to dependents of any age, including an older relative

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Lawrence Kudlow wearing glasses: Larry Kudlow participates in coronavirus economic "relief update" virtual event at the White House in Washington Kevin Lamarque/Reuters


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Larry Kudlow participates in coronavirus economic “relief update” virtual event at the White House in Washington Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

  • White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow said Sunday that he doesn’t think an economic recovery is “dependent” on passing the next coronavirus stimulus package.
  • Kudlow’s remarks contradict pleas from Fed Chair Jay Powell, who warned on Tuesday that the economy might falter if another stimulus package doesn’t make it through Congress. 
  • The next stimulus package remains stalled in Congress, as Democrats and Republicans continue to hammer out details of the plan.
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White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow said Sunday that he doesn’t think an economic recovery is “dependent” on passing the next coronavirus stimulus package, contrary to the guidance put out by the Federal Reserve. 

“I don’t think the recovery is dependent on it,” Kudlow said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

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If you claimed dependents on your 2019 tax return, you should have received $500 per dependent in the first round of stimulus checks.


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Congress used a narrow definition for who would qualify for a payment as a dependent with the first stimulus check. Under the CARES Act, dependents 16 years old and younger were eligible for $500 as part of a family payment. There’s a good chance even more dependents could again count toward a family’s dollar amount for a second check if White House and Democratic negotiators do agree on another relief bill, with some changes. (Find out how old your kids need to be to get a stimulus check of their own here.)

If you have at least one dependent and a new stimulus check happens, it could mean receiving more than $1,000 through check, direct deposit or Economic Impact Payment debit card

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breaking-the-piggy-bank-stimulus-check-cash-money-savings-debt-personal-finance-005

If you claimed dependents on your 2019 tax return, you should have received $500 per dependent in the first round of stimulus checks.


Sarah Tew/CNET

The rules for who qualified as a dependent for the first stimulus check were confined: Americans with dependents 16 years old and younger received an extra $500 toward their total payment. If White House and Democratic negotiators do agree on another coronavirus relief bill, there’s a good chance dependents could again add to your family’s amount for a second check, with some changes. (Find out how old your dependents need to be to get a stimulus check of their own here.)

But how does Congress define a dependent, what do dependents have to do with your tax return and who could be excluded? This is where things get tricky, but we’re going to break down what you should know and how to

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breaking-the-piggy-bank-stimulus-check-cash-money-savings-debt-personal-finance-005

If you claimed dependents on your 2019 tax return, you should have received $500 per dependent in the first round of stimulus checks.


Sarah Tew/CNET

For the first stimulus check, Americans with dependents 16 years old and younger received an extra $500 toward their total payment. If Congress does pass a new coronavirus relief bills, the dependents you claim may continue to count toward your family’s total payment in a second check, with some changes. (Find out how old your dependents need to be to get a stimulus check of their own here.)

But who exactly qualifies as a dependent, how are they tied to your tax return, and who could be excluded? This is where things get tricky, but we’re going to break down what you should know and how to find answers.

It’s still unconfirmed who would or wouldn’t be eligible — and it

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