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What you need to know about stimulus checks and what’s in the COVID aid package

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By Robert Schroeder

U.S. lawmakers late Monday approved billions of dollars in new stimulus spending aimed at individuals and businesses struggling through the coronavirus pandemic, in a package whose highlights include direct checks to Americans and a second round of what’s known as the Paycheck Protection Program.

As MarketWatch has reported, the roughly $900 billion in stimulus spending was part of a larger bill of about $2.4 trillion, that includes government funding through September 2021.

Here are some highlights of what Congress has approved, with links to MarketWatch’s reporting.

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The new stimulus bill helps low-income families avoid a ‘double whammy’ of lower wages and lost tax credits

The new stimulus bill makes donating to charity more attractive — but is it enough for struggling nonprofits?

The new stimulus bill didn’t extend the student-loan payment pause — but it has 8 provisions that will affect how families pay for college

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