You’ve probably been hearing about the stimulus check a lot lately because it seems likely that a new stimulus check is on the horizon. No one knows for sure when the next stimulus check will be, or how much it will give Americans, but we know that one is in the works. So what does that mean for you? What does it mean for someone considering a paternity test, or paying child support?
What Is the Stimulus Check? Who Gets a Stimulus Check?
The stimulus check is a measure put in place by the government to make sure the economy stays running during the difficult time created by the coronavirus. Have more questions about the stimulus packages? We’ll do our best to answer here.
The first stimulus check was rolled out in April of 2020, just a few months after the pandemic started. It was $1,200 for each qualifying American, with an additional few hundred dollars per under-16 dependent child. The second stimulus check came out slowly between late December and early January and was only $600 per qualifying American. There will almost certainly be a third stimulus check, but when and for how much is currently unknown.
Who Qualified For a Stimulus Check?
In order to qualify for the first and second stimulus checks, and probably qualify for the upcoming third stimulus checks, you had to meet these requirements:
- You must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident
- You must not have been filed as a dependent on someone else’s tax return
- You must be within the required income bracket.
Does Child Support Take Your Stimulus Check?
Funds from the original stimulus check were taken from those who owed due child support, but the money was later refunded, and it did not occur again with the second stimulus check. So we can assume that, even if child support is owed, it will not affect the third stimulus check.
How Much Do Parents Get for the Stimulus Check?
As long as you meet all of the requirements, every American adult is entitled to the full stimulus check. Parents and guardians of dependents under the age of 16 were granted an additional $600 per under-16 dependent.
In the upcoming stimulus check, the requirements for dependents may be loosened. This means adult dependents may be included in the $600 additions. Adult dependents could be teenagers or young adults above the age of 16 who still live at home without working or adults with disabilities that make them unable to work. Their legal guardian will then receive the additional funds.
How Can a Paternity Test Help?
If you’re considering getting a paternity test, there’s probably a child that you think might be yours. In that case, getting a paternity test and confirming the biological relation between you may help you qualify for the extra $600 in any upcoming stimulus checks. However, because the stimulus checks are distributed based on the previous year’s tax returns, you may need to wait until you file another tax return to receive the money. In the meantime, petitioning the IRS for the money may help if you have proof that you have been providing care for the child.
If you’re in need of a paternity test, don’t wait. Call Bluestar Diagnostics now at (469)-656-7999 now to get the process started.