Third Stimulus Check Update: When Could We Get Another Stimulus Check?

President Biden and others in Congress are pushing for a third-round of stimulus checks, but it might be a while before we get them.

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Some people haven't received their second-round stimulus payment yet, but that's not stopping Americans from wondering when they'll get a third stimulus check. (Notice that I said "when" – not "if" – because a third round of stimulus checks almost seems like a done deal now that the Democrats control the House, the Senate, and the presidency.) But you shouldn't necessarily expect another payment right away. Another round of stimulus checks won't magically appear just because Joe Biden is now president. It's not that simple.

There are a number of factors that will determine the timing of a third stimulus check. Will they be included in a stand-alone bill or combined with other stimulus measures? Where will stimulus checks fall on President Biden's priority list? Will impeachment proceedings slow things down? These are some of the questions that need to be answered before the timetable for a third stimulus check can be established.

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Rocky Mengle

Rocky Mengle was a Senior Tax Editor for Kiplinger from October 2018 to January 2023 with more than 20 years of experience covering federal and state tax developments. Before coming to Kiplinger, Rocky worked for Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting, and Kleinrock Publishing, where he provided breaking news and guidance for CPAs, tax attorneys, and other tax professionals. He has also been quoted as an expert by USA Today, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, Reuters, Accounting Today, and other media outlets. Rocky holds a law degree from the University of Connecticut and a B.A. in History from Salisbury University.