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    YOUR missing money can still be claimed on this year's tax return. Eligible taxpayers can use the Recovery Rebate Credit in their 2021 tax returns to claim their missing stimulus check. 1Americans who didn't receive any of their economic impact payments could be eligible to receive their $1,400 check after the factCredit: Getty Americans who didn't receive any of their economic impact payments could be eligible to receive their $1,400 check after the fact. The third round of stimulus payments came in under President Joe Biden’s $1.9trillion American Rescue Plan, which was signed into law last spring. Depending on which payment is missing, you'll file either a 2020 or 2021 tax return to claim a Recovery Rebate Credit. The first two payments were able to be claimed on 2020 tax returns, but the third payment must be claimed on the 2021 tax return. In order to use the Recovery Rebate Credit, you have to indicate the stimulus money received this year, if any, and how much you were supposed to be sent. To find the amount of your economic impact payment,...
    THOUSANDS of families who have welcomed a new baby into their family last year could qualify to receive up to $5,000 on their tax refund this year. Here is how to find out if you are eligible and how to apply.  1See how to apply The $5,000 payout is all down to two tax credits in the $1.9 trillion aid package President Joe Biden signed into law in 2021.  Andy Phillips, director at the Tax Institute at H&R Block told Local 12 Parents who meet eligibility requirements would receive $3,600, thanks to an expanded child tax credit — plus a $1,400 stimulus check for their dependents. Eligible parents qualify for both the child tax credit and stimulus check if their baby was born by the end of 2021. When they file their taxes this year, they can claim the newborn as a dependent. Many already received the $1,400 stimulus check. But, because the checks were an advance of a 2021 tax credit, eligible parents can bank the payment for their newborn this year. Most read in MoneyBIG BOOST Automatic monthly...
    STIMULUS checks have given Americans a feel for universal basic income (UBI) – but folks in certain states and cities are getting used to this idea. UBI is a set of recurring payments that individuals get from the government. These can be paid out every month, several times a year, or just once annually.  1The Yang idea of UBI is being used in some states This is an idea that entrepreneur Andrew Yang, who recently left the Democratic party, centered his 2020 Presidential campaign around.  Then Mr Yang, during his run for New York City mayor, floated the idea of giving half a million of lowest-income residents $2,000 payments each year.  And spoiler alert - he did not win.  During the height of the pandemic, multiple Covid-19 relief packages were passed that included stimulus checks to Americans on the federal level. However, those were not implemented to recur. Instead, those served the purpose of helping citizens in need stimulate the economy by giving them more money to spend during a financial downturn.  While it’s unlikely another stimulus package will get passed on the federal level, some states...
    SOME household STRUGGLING families could be eligible for a payment of up to $1,400 in the early months of 2022. Economic impact payments may still be available for those who didn't file taxes to qualify for stimulus checks in 2021, and some may be eligible for "plus-up" stimulus payments and the earned income credit. 1Taxpayers could be eligible for $1400 checks next yearCredit: Getty Taxpayers who haven't filed a tax return in recent years, who do choose to file in 2021, should be able to claim the $1,400 economic impact payments. That group of eligible taxpayers also includes those who had a dependent child in 2021, changing their income threshold, but who have yet to file. The payment should be sent directly via the means the taxpayer chose to receive their refund, either check by mail or direct deposit. Another incentive to file a tax return is the earned income tax credit. The earned income tax credit is available to low-income working families as well as low-income workers without children. The credit equals a fixed percentage of income from...
    THOUSANDS of dead Americans could get a $1,400 stimulus check payment in 2022 —  here is how to apply for your late relative. If someone did not receive the money last year, a person does not even need to be alive to claim it. 1A $1,400 stimulus payment can be claimed for dead people in 2022Credit: Getty In March of 2021, the American Rescue Plan signed into law by President Joe Biden delivered $1,400 stimulus checks to most Americans.  The money was intended to help people get through the Covid-19 pandemic.  Earlier this month the IRS published information for taxpayers, Fox Baltimore reports. It noted families of people who died in 2021 and did not receive the full Economic Impact Payment last year can still get the money. The IRIS said: “An individual who died in 2021 or in 2022 and did not receive the full amount of the third Economic Impact Payment may be eligible for the 2021 Recovery Rebate Credit if the individual met the eligibility requirements while alive. But it said: “An individual who died prior to January...
    A CRUCIAL letter from the IRS will soon arrive to millions of taxpayers, and the agency is warning filers not to throw away the stimulus check note. Starting January 24, taxpayers can officially begin filing their tax returns, and a W-2 form is a key document you’ll need. 1The IRS is warning taxpayers not to throw away Letter 6475, as filers will need to present it filing their tax returns this yearCredit: Getty A W-2 form is provided by your employer and shows information about taxes and your income. Employees are generally given copies of these forms by January 31, via mail or electronically. Starting late January, taxpayers will soon begin receiving Letter 6475, “Your Third Economic Impact Payment,” which contains details about the third stimulus checks that went out last year. Don’t throw the letter away though as “These letters can help taxpayers, or their tax professional, prepare their 2021 federal tax return,” the IRS said in a statement. The letter will state how much you received in stimulus payments in 2021, including any “plus-up” payments. The details will help you determine if you can claim...
    STIMULUS checks have given Americans a feel for universal basic income (UBI) – but folks in certain states and cities are getting used to this idea. UBI is a set of recurring payments that individuals get from the government. These can be paid out every month, several times a year, or just once annually.  1The Yang idea of UBI is being used in some states This is an idea that entrepreneur Andrew Yang, who recently left the Democratic party, centered his 2020 Presidential campaign around.  Then Mr Yang, during his run for New York City mayor, floated the idea of giving half a million of lowest-income residents $2,000 payments each year.  And spoiler alert - he did not win.  During the height of the pandemic, multiple Covid-19 relief packages were passed that included stimulus checks to Americans on the federal level. However, those were not implemented to recur. Instead, those served the purpose of helping citizens in need stimulate the economy by giving them more money to spend during a financial downturn.  While it’s unlikely another stimulus package will get passed on the federal level, some states...
    AMERICANS who are still waiting for their stimulus checks to arrive shouldn’t expect them to come today. This is because there is no regular mail delivery on Martin Luther King Day. 1Stimulus checks aren't a priority on the federal holiday Also, you can expect your local post office and couriers to be out of service today, according to the US Postal Service holiday calendar.  The USPS will re-open their doors tomorrow, January 18, at the usual times. One service that will remain running on MLK day is Priority Express Mail, which operates all year long.  But unfortunately, stimulus checks aren’t a priority on the federal holiday.  Moreover, stimulus checks weren’t sent out on Columbus Day and Veterans Day either for the same reason.  The latest stimulus checks, sent out on the federal level, were worth $1,400.  Most read in MoneyMEAL DEAL Extra '$1,504 payments' automatically being deposited as SNAP $157 benefit sentTAKE NOTE Families who opted out of $3,600 child tax credits in 2021 to get full paymentCHECK PLEASE Automatic $1,100 payments deposited THIS WEEK as calls for $2,000 check growCASH UPDATE Extra $200 available for...
    MILLIONS of Americans received a third stimulus check when President Joe Biden enacted a $1.9trillion Covid relief package in March 2021. But some folks are still awaiting for their stimulus check worth up to $1,400. 1Millions of Americans received a third stimulus check - but some are still waiting There are a handful of reasons why you might still be waiting for a payment, including IRS hold-ups, bank snafus, and more. The delay could be detrimental to millions who are hoping to purchase groceries, pay bills, or alleviate debts with the funds. You can always check on the status of your stimulus check by using the IRS online tool to track your payment. Below, we round up eight common reasons why you've not yet received a stimulus check. You don't qualify The requirements for the third stimulus check differed from those of the first two payments. Most read in MoneyCHECK PLEASE Automatic $1,100 payments deposited THIS WEEK as calls for $2,000 check growHELPING HAND Extra food stamps sent out as emergency $1,504 boost automatically depositedCASHING IN Double ‘$3,600 stimulus payments'...
    HOUSEHOLDS have been given stimulus checks worth thousands of dollars during the coronavirus crisis. We explain all you need to know about the number of stimulus checks issued, and whether there are plans to send out more in the future. 1We explain what you need to know about the number of stimulus checks issuedCredit: Getty What is a coronavirus stimulus check? The first round of checks were part of the $2.2trillion economic relief package passed by Congress in March 2020. The package was an initial response to the economic impact of COVID-19. In March 2021, President Joe Biden then signed the $1.9trillion American Rescue Act into law. Who's eligible for the latest stimulus check?THERE is certain criteria that must be met in order to claim your third stimulus check. You could be entitled to a payment if the following is true: You are not a dependent of another taxpayer You have a Social Security number valid for employment Your adjusted gross income (AGI) must also not exceed: $160,000 if married and filing a joint return $120,000 if filing...
    A THIRD stimulus check should have landed in many Americans' bank accounts in mid-April. As of June, the IRS processed four 163.5million stimulus payments. However, if you're still waiting on a payment, here’s how to track it: 2What to do if you have yet to receive your stimulus paymentCredit: Getty What's the first step to take? First, you need to log into the Internal Revenue Service’s Get My Payment tool. You’ll be able to find out when the IRS sent out your check, how much it should be, how it'll be paid if there's a delay and more. To use it, you’ll need your Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Tax ID Number (ITIN). If you've forgotten your SSN or need a new card, see how you can get a replacement on the official SSN website. You’ll also need to enter your date of birth and address. Once you’ve entered your information, you’ll get one of two messages: Most read in The US SunROCK BOTTOM Wendy 'became inebriated & stripped naked' on set before hospitalization'WTF IS THAT?' MMA fans outraged as...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — It looks like Californians may be getting another stimulus check from the state this year. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s budget proposal, which he unveiled on Monday, projects a massive $45.7 billion surplus for the year. The state is obligated to give about $2.6 billion back to the taxpayers. It’s undecided whether that will be given out as a stimulus check, like the Golden State Stimulus last year, however. But, Gov. Newsom says he’s working on it with the legislature. Some Californians are still waiting on the last round of Golden State Stimulus checks.
    It is unlikely that the federal government will distribute a fresh round of stimulus checks to most Americans again, but some will qualify for some financial assistance in 2022. During the COVID-19 pandemic, eligible Americans received as many as three stimulus checks to help them ride out the pandemic, though a fourth is unlikely, outside of a specific group. Parents who gave birth to a child in 2021 will be eligible for a 2022 stimulus check of up to $1,400, similar to the third round that was issued in March last year. Eligible new parents who inform the IRS they had a baby — or babies — when they file their 2021 taxes will still receive a stimulus check for those children. An expanded Child Tax Credit worth $3,600 per child for children under the age of 6 and $3,000 for children ages between 6 and 17 years old are also being made available through the American Rescue Plan Act. Anyone who added an older dependent through adoption is also eligible for the $1,400 check and expanded Child Tax Credit. Babies...
    Stimulus check payments worth between $600 and $1,100 are being issued tomorrow — and here are the zip codes getting the relief money. Californians are expecting to receive their final round of stimulus payments, with checks to be sent out on Tuesday, January 11, 2022. 1Payments have been sent according to the last three digits of the ZIP code on your 2020 tax return As part of the California pandemic stimulus program, some 180,000 payments worth $127million were sent out in late December and should be arriving through the month of January. Payments have been sent according to the last three digits of the ZIP code on your 2020 tax return.  Some payments may need extra time to process for accuracy and completeness. If your tax return is processed during or after the date of your scheduled ZIP code payment, you should allow up to 60 days after your return has been processed. Californians whose zip codes ended with the digits between 720 and 927 should have been sent payments between December 13 and 31. And the stimulus checks are expected to arrive by January...
    THE Internal Revenue Service has warned Americans not to dispose of a letter being sent out residents later this month. Millions of taxpayers are set to automatically receive the envelopes in the coming days. 1The IRS is sending out important stimulus check envelopes They will be marked as "important tax document" or "third economic payment", according to reports. The 6475 letter is for those who received a third stimulus check last year. It will also help those who may not have yet received money they are owed. 'DO NOT THROW THEM AWAY' In a statement the IRS said: "Using the information in these letters when preparing a tax return can reduce errors and delays in processing. "People receiving these letters should keep them. Do not throw them away. "These letters can help taxpayers, or their tax professional prepare their 2021 federal tax return." Most read in MoneyMORE MONEY IRS sending new ‘$3.6K stimulus’ check payments as direct 2021 boosts endHELPING HAND Emergency extra $1,504 benefits will be automatically deposited this weekCHECK AGAIN Automatic new $5,200...
    Senator Tom Cotton, R-Ark., accused the media of trying to silence him for "exposing" the Democratic Party's radical agenda on "Fox & Friends" Monday after The Washington Post was forced to issue another correction for him over prisoners receiving stimulus checks.  WASHINGTON POST CONTINUES POOR FACT-CHECKING RECORD AGAINST TOM COTTON, FORCED TO MAKE SECOND CORRECTION Sen. Cotton discussed the correction with co-host Steve Doocy on Monday, telling him this is the media's ploy to try to shield Americans from knowing the truth.  "The reason they keep fact-checking me, though, is not because I'm not telling the truth," Sen. Cotton stated. "It's because I am telling the truth. I'm exposing the crazy ideas of the Democratic Party and their praetorian guard, and the media doesn't want to let me speak out to those truths." The publication's fact-checker, Glenn Kessler, awarded the senator with two "Pinocchios" last year for predicting criminals like the Boston Marathon bomber would receive a COVID-19 stimulus check.  WAPO FACT-CHECKER BACKTRACKS AFTER COTTON CORRECTLY PREDICTED BOSTON BOMBER WOULD RECEIVE COVID STIMULUS CHECK Kessler issued the correction via Twitter...
    AMERICANS have been warned by the IRS not to throw away the stimulus check letter arriving this month as it could mean you receive more money. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has said households should be on the lookout for Letter 6475, “Your Third Economic Impact Payment,” in the coming days and weeks. 2The letters going out from the IRS can be used to prepare people's 2021 tax returnCredit: Getty It said in a release: “These letters can help taxpayers, or their tax professional, prepare their 2021 federal tax return.” The letter details how much you received in stimulus money in 2021, including any “plus-up” payments. Some 36million families should be sent the letter. "Letter 6475 only applies to the third round of Economic Impact Payments that was issued starting in March 2021 and continued through December 2021," the IRS said. "The third round of Economic Impact Payments, including the 'plus-up' payments, were advance payments of the 2021 Recovery Rebate Credit that would be claimed on a 2021 tax return." Most read in MoneyCHECK AGAIN Automatic new $5,200 payments sent...
    AS the Covid-19 pandemic continues into 2022, many Americans are hoping there will be another federal stimulus payment. Stimulus checks serve the purpose of helping those in need stimulate the economy during a financial downturn. 1While a fourth check seems unlikely now, there are a few reasons why it might happen in 2022 As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, we have seen three stimulus check packages passed on the federal level. The first stimulus package included $1,200 in direct payments, and the next one sent $600 to Americans. The latest stimulus payments, as part of President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Act, sent $1,400 checks to Americans. Although a fourth stimulus package seems unlikely given the rapid rebound in the economy and inflation, we list a few reasons why another might happen. Another economic disaster  Again, the whole point of stimulus checks is to provide relief during tough financial times. Currently, unemployment claims are at a 52-year low and there is strong economic demand amongst consumers.   Most read in MoneyCHECK AGAIN Automatic new $5,200 payments sent NOW after 'surprise' $1,000 2021 boostsHELPING HAND Emergency extra $1,504 benefits will...
    MAKE sure you keep a close eye on your mailbox in the next few weeks. The IRS will begin sending checks to those who are due additional stimulus money. The third Economic Impact Payments [EIP] were sent between March and December 2021 after the American Rescue Plan was passed.  2The IRS is sending extra cash to people who are due for additional money The IRS sent over $160million in checks to adults worth up to $1,400 each with another $1,400 for dependents. Those who received a third stimulus check in 2021 will receive Letter 6475. This will be your third EIP check. Most Americans that are eligible have already received their full payments but if you never got one, and you think you’re qualified, you’ll need Letter 6475 to claim for recovery rebate on your 2021 tax returns. “Having the wrong amount on your return could trigger a manual review,” according to the H&R Block website. This could cause a delay in your refund for weeks. If the IRS based your third payment on your 2019 or 2020 taxes but...
    A FOURTH federal stimulus check might not be on the horizon in 2022. Child Tax Credit will also not be sent to parents in January due to Congress not passing the bill. There is still hope for some families, however. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the Biden administration is workshopping a bill that could reinstate the payments if passed. 2A possible plan by the Biden administration is being workshopped to reinstate monthly payments “If we get it done in January, we’ve talked to Treasury officials and others about doing double payments in February as an option,” she said. The plan will be similar to when people opted out of the child tax credit program to receive extra money in their December check. If a family has gained another dependent since then, some of them might receive extra cash. The Biden administration hasn’t given up on the Build Back Better plan, officials say. It’s possible the bill could be passed if broken up into smaller pieces. Still, any new stimulus plan will face multiple challenges with the 2022 midterm...
    AMERICAN taxpayers can expect a stimulus check letter from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the post this month. Labeled Letter 6475, “Your Third Economic Impact Payment,” the correspondence details the information about the third stimulus checks which went out last year. 2The two letters are necessary to hold onto when filing your taxes this year The IRS will start sending out the letters in late January. Don’t throw the letter away though as “These letters can help taxpayers, or their tax professional, prepare their 2021 federal tax return,” the IRS said in statement. The letter will state how much you received in stimulus payments in 2021, including any “plus-up” payments. The details will help you figure out if you can claim the Recovery Rebate Credit on your 2021 tax return. This credit will make up any difference between the amount you were eligible for in the third stimulus check and how much you actually received. Most read in MoneyCHECK AGAIN Automatic new $5,200 payments sent NOW after 'surprise' $1,000 2021 boostsBIG BOOST Cola cost of living boost of ‘$2,753’...
    A petition on Change.org for a fourth stimulus check has topped three million signatures as calls continue for Congress to approve the payments. The call continues amidst a surge of the Covid Omicron variant that has sent case numbers across the country soaring in recent weeks. 1A petition on Change.org is calling for additional stimulus checks The petition, entitled "$2000/month to every American #moneyforthepeople #covid19," has 3,001,617 signatures as of 4pm on January 8, 2022. Currently, the goal is to reach 4,500,000 signatures. The petition calls for Congress to approve payments of $2,000 per adult and $1,000 per child as the pandemic continues. Stephanie Bonin, a restaurant owner in Denver, began the petition in 2020. Most read in MoneyCHECK AGAIN Automatic new $5,200 payments sent NOW after 'surprise' $1,000 2021 boostsHELPING HAND Emergency extra $1,504 benefits will be automatically deposited next weekBIG BOOST Cola cost of living boost of ‘$2,753’ to go out NEXT WEEK as calculator revealedMORE MONEY IRS sending new ‘$3.6K stimulus’ check payments as direct 2021 boosts end The description of the petition reads in part: "I’m calling...
    Brendan Smialowski/ Getty The Washington Post was forced to correct a 2021 fact check on Thursday after the news that Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev received a federal stimulus check. The Glenn Kessler-authored fact check centered on a legislative amendment in the Senate in March 2021 that would have prevented stimulus checks from going to federal prisoners. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) noted at the time that the legislation failed in a 50-49 vote along party lines, with Democrats voting against it and Republicans voting in favor. In a March 9, 2021 column, Kessler attributed two “pinocchios” to the claim, calling it “scaremongering” and explaining, in part, “It’s hard to craft rules that target mass murderers without also penalizing the families of people in prison for much less heinous crimes.” He also said that similar, bipartisan legislation in past years had not included such language. The Justice Department revealed in a Thursday filing that Tsarnaev had indeed received a federal stimulus check in the amount of $1,400. The Post said in a Thursday update that it was amending its claims, citing a statement by...
    Republicans said the amendment was a necessary fix to correct a 2019 ruling by a federal judge that blocked the Internal Revenue Service from creating regulations to deny stimulus payments to prisoners. The Washington Post accused Cotton of "scaremongering." Kessler cited prisoner advocates who pointed out that Cotton and other Republicans voted for previous coronavirus stimulus bills that lacked the language excluding prisoners in the Cassidy amendment. He also quoted the argument Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) made on the Senate floor that claimed the Cassidy amendment would harm the families of prisoners, who are disproportionately black. The Post said the Cassidy amendment was "not serious legislation," dismissing Cotton's warnings as campaign rhetoric and handing down a rating of two Pinocchios, meaning there were "significant omissions and/or exaggerations" in his claim. However, on Wednesday a court filing revealed that Tsarnaev, who was convicted in 2015 for bombing the Boston Marathon, received a $1,400 stimulus payment. He has been ordered by prosecutors to return the taxpayer funds, along with any other money sent to him. Cotton's press secretary,...
    THE Boston marathon bomber received a Covid relief stimulus check worth $1,400, causing widespread outrage. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, now 28, was convicted in 2015 and sentenced to death for the bombings in April 2013 which killed three people and injured more than 260. 4The Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev received a Covid stimulus check while behind barsCredit: Reuters 4The bombing of the Boston Marathon in 2013 killed three people and injured 260 othersCredit: Reuters Tsarnaev, who is being held at the Colorado supermax prison, received a stimulus check worth $1,400 in June 2021, as part of the federal government’s coronavirus relief fund which is available to all Americans. The information was revealed in a court filing January 6 which caused many people to take to social media to air their anger at the move. One commentator said on Twitter: “There's shortages everywhere, no test availability but hey! The Boston bomber got $1,400 from the federal government. What is going on!” Another wrote: “Awful and disgusting.” A third simply added: “Mindless.” Most read in The US SunICON LOST Betty White's cause of...
    The Washington Post reduced Sen. Tom Cotton’s (R-AK) Pinocchio rating from 2021 after it was revealed Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev did receive a coronavirus relief payment from a bill Democrats passed last year. In March 2021, as Congress debated passing another coronavirus relief bill, Senator Cotton warned the piece of legislation would allow for violent criminals like Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Dylan Roof to receive a government check. The left recognizes that this was a bad idea and that theyre going to pay a price at the polls. Get ready for campaign ads. So liberals and their media allies are trying to spin it for damage control. — Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) March 8, 2021 This was a problem. Congress (or at least Republicans) did not intend to send prisoners serving life sentences stimulus checks as part of CARES. Murderers in prison havent lost income because of COVID. — Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) March 8, 2021 At the time, the Washington Post argued Cotton had engaged in “scaremongering” as well as political “theater,” asserting stimulus checks would not be sent to the...
    MILLIONS of Americans are in line to receive an automatic 'stimulus' payment worth $125. Indiana residents are due to get the check either by direct payment or through the mail but they have to file their 2021 tax return first. 2Indiana residents are in line to get a $125 'stimulus' payment once they file their taxesCredit: Getty State law requires officials to hand taxpayers a refund if reserves, excluding education, total more than 12.5 per cent of the general funding pot. The state has around $4billion in reserves - equating to 23 percent of its general fund. The last time Indiana residents received an automatic tax refund was in 2013. Officials revealed in July that the refund would total $545.3million. However, the state wasn't yet sure how much taxpayers would receive, according to the Indianapolis Star. Most read in MoneyPAYDAY Child tax credit payments of $3,600 coming when tax returns filed in 'bumper' boostPAYCHECKS New '$250 stimulus' checks to be sent every TWO WEEKS as $5,200 boosts go outGET LUCKY Huge Powerball jackpot on offer after massive Mega Millions drawingCHECK PLEASE Automatic January...
    WORKERS are being offered a one-time payment worth up to $7,500 to move to Vermont as officials in the state try to attract new residents and grow their workforce. The northeastern state has been ravaged by a labor shortage which has been exacerbated by the Covid pandemic over the past year. 1Vermont has been affected by a labor shortage, exacerbated by the Covid pandemicCredit: Getty Last January, Republican Gov. Phil Scott revealed that only three counties in the state added workers. In his State of the State address, he said that now all 14 counties have now lost workers, with Caledonia, Windsor, and Essex counties down “15 percent or more since their peak”. The New Remote Worker Grant is available to those who relocate to Vermont and become full-time residents whole working for an out-of-state employer on or after February 1. Remote workers must be employed on a full-time basis – that’s someone who works at least 35 hours per week and is not on a seasonal contract, according to Think Vermont. To be eligible, workers must be earning at...
    Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler offered a mea culpa of sorts after having rewarded two Pinocchios to Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., for predicting that murderers like convicted terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev would receive a COVID stimulus check.  In March 2021, Kessler ran the headline "Murderers, undocumented immigrants: Hyped-up claims about who’s getting stimulus checks" with an image of Cotton plastered on the page, challenging claims that he and Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wy., made that the $1,400 checks Americans were set to receive would be going to those not qualified or worthy for them.  WASHINGTON POST ISSUES ‘CORRECTION’ ON 2020 TOM COTTON STORY CLAIMING COVID LAB-LEAK THEORY WAS ‘DEBUNKED’ "On March 8, [Cotton] tweeted that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston bomber, would also get benefits and declared, ‘Get ready for campaign ads,’" Kessler wrote at the time, quoting Cotton. "But for all the hype, there’s less to these claims than one might imagine — particularly because the previous stimulus bills passed last year under GOP control also did not bar payments to prisoners and the small subset of undocumented immigrants referenced by Barrasso."...
    THE White House is in communication about another stimulus package – but another federal round of checks appears unlikely. Stimulus checks aim to boost a turbulent economy by giving citizens more cash to spend.    1There's a few reasons why a fourth check is unlikely to happen Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, three separate stimulus packages have been signed into law. The first stimulus package included $1,200 in direct payments, and the next one sent $600 to Americans. The latest stimulus payments, as part of President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Act, sent $1,400 checks to Americans. It’s unclear what a next stimulus package would be like if passed, but White House press secretary Jen Psaki noted that it’s in “constant conversations” with congressional lawmakers.  If you were hoping for a fourth federal stimulus check in 2022, we explain why that might not happen.  Strong economy  The economy has made quite the recovery since early 2020 – and that alone might defeat the purpose of stimulus checks.  Most read in MoneyGET LUCKY Huge Powerball jackpot on offer after massive Mega Millions drawingCASH COMING...
    LPETTET | iStock | Getty Images If you didn't get the last stimulus check, don't despair. You still have time to claim the money if you're eligible. A third round of stimulus payments was sent to Americans as a part of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, signed into law in March 2021. Starting that month, millions of Americans and their dependent children were sent up to $1,400 as part of the Covid-19 pandemic relief. As of July, the IRS had sent more than 171 million payments to Americans totaling $400 billion. More from Invest in You:January is one of the best times to look for a job. How to prepareThese entrepreneurs used the 'Great Resignation' to reinvent themselvesThe 'Great Resignation' is being led by low-wage and minority workers The IRS had until Dec. 31 to complete sending the checks to those eligible. If you still haven't received your payment, or got less than you were eligible for, you can claim the money on your 2021 tax return by using the Recovery Rebate Credit. "If you're eligible, you'll need to...
    FEDERAL lawmakers have discussed automating stimulus payments, but state governments are already implementing the concept - and some residents can expect to receive checks this week. Automatic stabilizers seek to send funds directly to Americans when certain economic conditions are met, without needing approval by local legislators or lawmakers in Congress. 1Automatic stimulus payments are going out in multiple states Adam Ruben, director of the Economic Security Project, discussed the idea of “automatic stabilizers” with members of Congress in May. He said: “Putting in place these kinds of triggers would smooth out the recovery and no one is left at the mercy of Washington gridlock in future recessions.” Throughout the pandemic, Democrats and Republicans have struggled to agree on Covid relief measures. Newark, New Jersey recently expanded its UBI program to 400 residents. As a result, a total of $12,000 will be given to each resident through the program over two years. Half of the program's participants will receive $250 on a biweekly basis. The remaining half will receive two payments of $3,000 each year, according to a statement by the city. Eligible participants will be over...
    The last round of $600 payments issued by California will conclude the state’s pandemic stimulus program by Jan. 11, the Franchise Tax Board said Wednesday. The 180,000 payments in this final round, valued at roughly $127 million, started in late December and will trickle through January, the agency said in an email Wednesday. A previous round of 794,000 GSS II payments worth some $568 million went out between Dec. 13-31. Since late August, the Golden State Stimulus II program has issued some 8.2 million checks and direct deposits valued at just over $5.9 billion. The program is part of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s pandemic recovery plan. The $600 payments were intended for California’s middle-income residents who earn less than $75,000 in adjusted gross income. Qualifying families got an additional $500 for dependents. Early in the program, most of the stimulus payments were distributed by direct deposit for residents who filed their 2020 taxes electronically and provided a bank account for the tax return’s deposit. But some qualifying recipients such as Joe Rocca in San Clemente never received a direct deposit and...
    A STATE is offering remote workers a one-time stimulus check worth up to $7,500 if they move there next month. Vermont's new Relocating Worker Grant program is encouraging workers to move to the state to work for employers in the Green Mountain State. 1Vermont is offering grants to workers based in the state and working remotely, as well as to workers willing to relocate. The program offers reimbursement grants of up to $7,500 to workers across the country who move to Vermont after July 1, 2021. In order to qualify for the relocation grant, one must meet certain criteria, such as working full time, paying Vermont income tax and making equal or more than Vermont's livable wage of $13.39 per/hr. The state is also offering grants to remote workers as part of their New Remote Worker program. The New Remote Worker Grant will similarly be available to individuals who relocated to Vermont and became full-time residents while working for an out-of-state employer on or after February 1, 2022. Like the Relocating Worker Grant, individuals must be subject to Vermont income...
    A FOURTH stimulus check may be available to Americans who meet certain criteria when filing their 2021 taxes. The possibility of another stimulus is part of the new American Rescue Plan, which made $1,400 checks available for parents with dependant children. 1Some Americans are set to receive more cash in the new year While most individuals have had their initial checks from the American Rescue Plan paid to them in full, those who did not and had eligible children in 2021 will be able to claim the Recovery Rebate Credit on their next tax return. Read our stimulus checks live blog for the latest updates on Covid-19 relief... The deadline to file 2021 taxes is April 15. Who is Eligible? To be eligible for the full amount on the third round of checks, individuals need to have an adjusted gross income (AGI) of $75,000 or less and married couples filing jointly need to have an AGI of $150,000 or less. Similarly, those whose income and tax situation changed from 2020 to 2021 and was not reflected in their last...
    MILLIONS of Americans in one state will be getting an extra stimulus check after they file their taxes for 2021. Indiana residents will receive tax refund checks worth $125 automatically once the funding in the state's reserves surpasses 12.5 percent for general funding. 1Indiana residents will receive refund checks worth $125 automaticallyCredit: Getty The refund coming out of the reserves was announced last summer to be worth around $545.3 million. Right now the reserves total $4 billion, equaling 23 percent of its general fund. Regarding the surplus in reserves, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb said: “We have an obligation to put this money back into the hands of taxpayers instead of living it in the hands of (the) government.” The way residents receive the money will vary depending on the choices made when filing their taxes this year. The state plans to work with around 910,000 low-income residents who do not usually file taxes to ensure they receive this stimulus payment.  The deadline to file federal taxes for 2021 is April 15, 2022. Most read in The US SunICON LOST Betty White's cause of death revealed after screen legend passed away at 99MORE MONEY...
    THE waiting game for AMERICANS to receive their 2020 tax refund continues into this year, as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) deals with a backlog of returns.   According to the IRS’ latest update to its operations, it has a total of 6.3million unprocessed tax returns. 1The IRS still has 6.3million unprocessed returns Specifically, the IRS is dealing with a backlog of errors and amended returns, which includes mistakes relating to the Recovery Rebate Credit, missing information, or suspected identity theft. Under its unemployment compensation exclusion corrections returns section, the IRS said that it is “concentrating on more complex returns” and will continue the process into 2022. The IRS previously noted that it would issue another batch of “corrections” under that section before the end of 2021.  However, it appears the IRS removed that part in its latest update.  For now, it looks like the last time the IRS sent out issued refunds was in November when it sent 430,000 payments worth more than $510million to taxpayers. The IRS did not respond to The Sun’s request for comment when we asked for an update.  Most read...
    HERE are seven ways to get a stimulus check payment worth up to $7,500 in January and how to apply. Several states and cities are continuing to provide relief in the new year amidst the ongoing Covid pandemic. 1Here are seven ways Americans can receive a stimulus check payment worth up to $7,500 in JanuaryCredit: Getty With the passage of the Build Back Better plan in limbo, many families are left wondering if they'll receive anything close to the monthly child tax credit payments in 2022. The CTC payments ended on December 15 after beginning in July. While many of these families can claim the remaining lump sum of the child tax credit payment upon filing a 2021 tax return, there is still a need for financial relief, and not just for families. Many individuals who were hoping for a fourth stimulus check are also in the dark as the Omicron variant continues to wreak havoc around the nation. Fortunately, some states and cities are stepping up to provide relief to residents. Below, we explain what funds are available this month and for whom. Most read in The...
    OVER 345,000 people will receive new stimulus payments worth between $600 and $2000 thanks to new emergency legislation passed at the end of 2021. The Navajo council voted to send checks worth up to $2,000 to eligible adults and $600 for each child, using a $557million bank of federal coronavirus relief funds. 1The new stimulus checks will go out to Navajo Nation members in 2022 Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez approved the vote, ensuring checks for approximately 350,000 tribal members. The 18-2 vote took place during a special session of the tribe’s lawmaking body. It will tap some of the roughly $2.1billion the tribe is getting from President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act. “It has been over 8 months since President Joe Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act and our Navajo people should not suffer another day without knowing how their government will assist them as they suffer from grief, mental health and financial hardship,” said Council Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty. “A second allocation of hardship assistance payments of $2,000 per adult and $600 per child will allow our relatives to purchase...
    CASH-STRAPPED Americans in some states will be able to claim payments and grants worth ranging from $600 to a whopping $7,500 this year. Officials in California and Vermont are providing financial assistance to help cash-strapped taxpayers amid Omicron uncertainty. 1States including California and Vermont are offering cash boosts to cash-strapped AmericansCredit: Getty The future of child tax credit payments is also not certain, with Joe Biden’s $2trillion Build Back Better program stalled in the Senate after Joe Manchin revealed he couldn’t vote for the package. And, a fourth round of federal stimulus checks currently seems unlikely although a financial expert suggested that payments could be deposited without lawmakers' approval if "automatic stabilizers" were attached. The Sun takes a look at the states and cities offering a cash boost to Americans. California The final round of Golden State Stimulus II checks was being deposited from December 27. The stimulus checks range in value from $600 to $1,100 depending upon residents' eligibility. Most read in MoneyMORE MONEY New $5,200 stimulus checks being sent out NOW as calls for $1,400 payments growBIG BOOST...
    STIMULUS check payments worth $1,100 will be issued in the next eight days - find out who will be getting the money. Thousands of Californians will receive payments worth up to $1100 in the coming weeks as part of Governor Gavin Newsom’s Golden State Stimulus II initiative. 1Stimulus checks worth up to $1,100 will be sent out to thousands of Californians in the next eight daysCredit: Getty The stimulus checks are meant to relieve low-income households affected by the ongoing Covid pandemic. Governor Newsom approved about $12billion in Covid relief, with the latest round of checks totaling nearly $575million. Payments began in October and will continue through January 2022. The checks range in value from $600 to $1,100 depending on eligibility and whether a first Golden State Stimulus check was received. California residents were required to file their tax returns by October 15 if they wanted to receive a state stimulus check. Recipients must’ve lived in the Golden State for half of the 2020 tax year and be a resident on the date that the payment is issued. Most read in The US SunBIG BUCKS 'Surprise'...
    AMERICAN families can qualify for up to $6,700 in tax credits when filing their 2021 return with the IRS this year. The Earned Income Tax Credit can be applied using 2019 income data while families can also apply to receive any stimulus check payments they were not sent in the last year. 1American families can qualify for up to $6,700 in tax credits when filing their 2021 return with the IRS this yearCredit: Getty Those who received some but not all of their stimulus checks may use the "Recovery Rebate" credit, which allows filers to deduct the amount they did not receive to owed taxes. The EITC “lookback” credit can be huge for families in lowering their 2021 tax bill. For a family with three children, it can amount to up to $6,700. Families can also claim back the advanced child tax credit this tax season if they are eligible and did not receive any of the monthly $300 payments from July 15 onward. The program was expanded to $3,600 from $2,000 in 2021, and...
    HERE are three things to do if you miss the December 31 stimulus check payment deadline and how you can still access that cash. The final $1,400 stimulus check payment was issued in March 2021 as part of President Joe Biden's American Rescue Plan. 1People who missed out on the three stimulus payments can still access their cashCredit: Getty The government assistance was provided as a boost to struggling households hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. The payments were issued automatically by the IRS based on taxpayers' information, through an online portal for Non-Fliers or from their 2019 or 2020 tax returns. Taxpayers who had not filed a tax return in the previous three years or failed to provide their information through the Non-Filer online portal were left out of all three stimulus payments. Families who recently welcomed a newborn into their household also missed out on the extra funds via the enhanced Child Tax Credit. However, when folks file their 2021 tax return in 2022, they will be able to claim the recent payments, as the IRS will now...
    A FOURTH round of stimulus checks could be deposited into bank accounts without being voted on by lawmakers in Congress, an expert claims. Some Americans have been calling for recurring payments for months, with one petition reaching almost three million signatures. 1Some Americans have called for recurring stimulus payments for monthsCredit: Getty Adam Ruben, director of the Economic Security Project, discussed the idea of “automatic stabilizers” with members of Congress in May. He said: “Putting in place these kinds of triggers would smooth out the recovery and no one is left at the mercy of Washington gridlock in future recessions.” If there were automatic stabilizers in place, then stimulus funding would not have to be approved by lawmakers in Congress, Newsweek reports. Members of the influential Joint Ways and Means Committee previously called on Joe Biden to automate unemployment insurance bolsters and direct stimulus checks. The lawmakers argued that citizens “should not be at the mercy of constantly shifting legislative timelines and ad hoc solutions”. Throughout the pandemic, Democrats and Republicans have struggled to agree on Covid relief measures. Most...
    INDIANA residents will receive a bonus $125 stimulus check when filing taxes this year. Americans will get their check either via mail or direct deposit – depending on how they file their 2021 tax returns. 2Americans in Indiana can expect to receive $125 when filing taxesCredit: Getty Images The last time Indiana residents received an automatic tax refund was in 2013. State law requires officials to hand taxpayers a refund if reserves, excluding education, total more than 12.5 percent of the general funding pot. The state has around $4billion in reserves - equating to 23 percent of its general fund. Officials revealed in July that the refund would total $545.3million. However, the state wasn't yet sure how much taxpayers would receive, according to the Indianapolis Star. It has since been revealed that Indiana residents will receive $125 when they file their taxes. Most read in MoneyWIN BIG Powerball jackpot numbers revealed - you could win $500 million prizeBIG BUCKS 'Surprise' $8,000 cash boosts to be sent out as $1,000 payments on way THIS WEEKCASHING IN How to calculate Social Security benefits...
    THE Senior Citizens League (TSCL) is pressurising Congress to introduce a one-off social security stimulus payment for seniors worth $1,400. As 2022 gets underway, the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will rise by the highest amount in nearly four decades – by 5.9 per cent. 2Retired workers could be in line for a $1,400 stimulus checkCredit: Getty The rise will mean retirees will pocket a rise of $92 a month. That increase though could push many retired workers into a higher tax bracket, and the possible stimulus check could help offset extra costs. "We've heard from thousands of them [seniors] who have exhausted their retirement savings," said TSCL Chairman, Rick Delaney. "Many have written to us that 'our government has forgotten about us'. A $1,400.00 stimulus check, for Social Security recipients could be a way to get extra non-taxable income to them." The rise in payments means a retired worker will now see, on average, their monthly check increase from $1,565 to $1,657 a month. Meanwhile, a typical couple’s benefits will rise by $154 - from $2,599 to $2,753 per month. Most read in MoneyCOINING...
    AS the IRS begins to distribute the sixth round of payments for the expanded Child Tax Credit, some parents may receive payments worth up to $8,000 in 2022. Parens with an adjusted gross income of less than $125,000 and have at least two children under the age of 13 may receive some extra cash. 2Parents who make under $125,000 a year and have two children or more under the age of 13, may receive some extra money to cover expensesCredit: Getty The payments are part of the child and dependent tax credit. The credit is to help families provide care and support for their children by covering other costs. The American Rescue Package was passed by Congress in March, creating a $1.9trillion relief package that expanded the CTC program to include direct payments for the first time.  “The credit is calculated based on your income and a percentage of expenses that you incur for the care of the qualifying persons to enable you to go to work, look for work or attend school,” said the IRS. These payments can be...