Confused about the stimulus package? Here’s a quick summary from Bloomberg:
Bush and House lawmakers yesterday agreed on a $150 billion economic stimulus package aimed at avoiding an election-year recession. About $100 billion would pay for tax rebates to about 117 million families and $50 billion for business tax breaks.
The package also addresses the growing number of housing foreclosures with a provision allowing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the largest U.S. mortgage-finance companies, to temporarily buy mortgages of as much as $729,750, up from the current limit of $417,000.
And here’s my short version:
- Singles: If you earn less than $75,000, you’ll get $600. Married couples: If you are filing jointly and earn less than $150,000 combined, and you’ll get $1,200. Additional $300 per kid. Additional details for each scenario in this Treasury Department Factsheet (thanks to commenter cek260).
- This is just the proposal they’ve agreed to vote on, but nothing has been approved yet. Bush hasn’t signed anything. Therefore, there is nothing you need to file or do yet in order to get your check. It is an election year, however…
- You won’t see any checks until May (read: June or July) at the earliest.
- Raising the conforming loan limit is good for folks like me who don’t want to pay 1% more interest for a Jumbo loan. Doesn’t really seem like something to help most middle-class folks, though. Seems to be mainly a product of lobbyists for the banking and housing industry.
But again, nothing firm has actually occurred yet, despite the news frenzy.