Stimulus checks have been a way of the United Statesgovernment looking to cushion the economic blow of the COVID-19 pandemic, as payments were sent out to millions of citizens across the country. It now appears as though a nation-wide
fourth stimulus check is unlikely, but many states are looking to help their residents by offering
financial aid. In our live blog this
December 7, we'll outline all the latest updates and share the most interesting articles on the financial support available across the USA.
COVID-19 continues to cause economic issues across the US and the rest of the world, meaning that these payments come as a welcome relief to many individuals and families all over the country. Below, we provide all of the latest on the
stimulus checks and
unemployment benefits being offered, as well as the
upcoming changes to COLA and Medicare.
Child Tax Credit Updates - Child Stimulus
Most eligible families will be able to receive half of their
2021 child tax credit money in advance due to changes in 2021 to the
US Child Tax Credit system. This money is due to come in prior to the other half of the sum that will arrive in 2022
during tax season, with each of these monthly payments coming on the 15th day of the month. So, another round of payments are due on December 15.
Either way, a check on some of the finer aspects of the
Child Tax Credit could help you get up to speed on where you stand on the matter.
Child Tax Credit highlights
Following some confusion over the
payment of Child Tax Credit, the White House and Treasury Department have worked together with Code for America to launch a new online website through which Americans can apply for the
expanded child tax credit system.
Those applying would have had to have done so by October 15, which is when the
fourth check should start to be sent out. Below, you will be able to see the latest updates on the
Child Tax Credit scheme that is helping US families.
- Child Tax Credit December: How to still get $1,800 per kid before 2022
- Surprise stimulus payment coming after Thanksgiving
- What will be different with your payments next year?
- Why will December payments be bigger than the others?
- Child Tax Credit income tool: How to report income adjustments
- Child Tax Credit 2022: Democrats push against long-term extension
- Why are some CTC payments lower in November?
- How many more payments are to come?
- What is the real impact of Child Tax Credit on your tax return?
- How can Child Tax Credit payments boost the US economy?
IRS Tax Refunds
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) continues to roll out various COVID-19 relief initiatives for those who have taken a hit amid the pandemic, which will come as welcome respite for so many families.
unemployment refunds touted by the US government are expected to reach the public in the coming days, and the links below should clarify some of the finer details concerning the IRS Tax Refunds.
IRS Tax Refunds highlights
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and limited resources, the IRS was forced to delay
2020 tax returns, especially those that need to be reviewed.
Individual delays on income tax refund could be down to factors such as errors in filling out said documents, incomplete information, or the need for further review from the relevant departments. Hopefully the list below sheds light on the details in this aspect.
- What is a single filer's tax bracket?
- Married people filing jointly affected by inflation
- IRS Tax Refunds next dates: What is IRS Schedule for direct deposits?
- What will the standard deduction be?
- What is the IRS Contribution Limit?
- What are the Capital Gains Tax Rate Thresholds?
- Tax Inflation Adjustments: What are IRS changes for tax year 2022?
- Who is getting IRS compensation payments?
- Why your Tax Refunds are coming late
- Unemployment refund schedule is delayed
Medicare is the US health department's federal health insurance program that serves citizens who are 65 years of age or above, younger people with disabilities and people with end-stage renal disease. In order to sign up, you can to any doctor or healthcare provider that is enrolled in Medicare.
For those covered by the program, there is additional help that you could be entitled to, with links provided by below that make clear whether you indeed stand to benefit from various incentives.
- Medicare Part A: What will Medicare Part A cover in 2022?
- Medicare cost: What is the Medicare Part B deductible for 2022?
- Medicare Eligibility Age: What is changing in 2022?
- Medicare cost: What is the Medicare Part B deductible for 2022?
- Medicare Premiums 2022: How much will you pay for Part B coverage?
- Medicare Costs 2022: Does Medicare cover Home Health Care?
- Medicare Tax rate: How much tax do you pay for Medicare?
- Medicare cost 2022: Will Medicare premiums increase next year?
- Medicare Prescription Plan 2022: What's new for users?
- Medicare Extra Help: Eligibility, income limits and how to apply
- Medicare Part A and Part B coverage: Are vision and dental services covered?
- Medicare Part C and Part D coverage: Who is eligible?
- Medigap vs Medicare Advantage: What is the difference?
Unemployment Benefits - December 2021
Federal unemployment benefits expired as of September 6, 2021, and other states decided to put an end to the
benefits earlier than previously quoted, but others have found a solution through the offering of an
unemployment benefit extension.
Unemployment Benefits highlights
Amid the crisis, Congress is being urged by certain sections of US politics to come to the rescue of the citizens who've had their
unemployment benefits cut, which has affected
more than 9.3 million people. Accurate and clear information is pivotal for US citizens to get an understanding of what they're entitled to, which is why we have provided various updates on the situation across the most important areas of the relief packages.
- Unemployment benefits: New bipartisan infrastructure legislation to promote employment
- Unemployment Benefits: What are the advantages of the new registration rule in Michigan?
- Federal Jobless Aid still available for long-term unemployed workerss
- How to apply for unemployment benefit extension
- Some states restore jobless stimulus
- Unvaccinated fired workers may not be eligible for Unemployment benefits
- Could a European unemployment benefit model work in the US?
Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA)
Cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) payments form part of the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits paid to approximately 70 million Americans. The amount received by eligible citizens stands to increase by 5.9 percent in 2022, while increased payments to approximately eight million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 30.
Cost-of-Living Adjustment highlights
With Cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) payments proving a valuable boost amid this economic crisis brought upon by COVID-19, citizens would be advised to check the necessary government portals so that they are getting the amount that they deserve based on their most recently updated personal information.
- COLA 2022 payments: When will first SSI beneficiaries receive their checks?
- Social Security Benefits: Are SS payments affected by inflation?
- Social Security Increase 2022: When does COLA take effect?
- COLA 2022: Social Security benefits will be increased by 5.9% next year
- Social Security Benefits: States with highest and lowest PPI payments
- COLA: What is the Cost-Of-Living Adjustment increase for 2021?
4th Stimulus Checks
Even though a
fourth stimulus check from federal funds is unlikely to arrive, state governments up and down the country are coming up with different ways to offer relief to their citizens. The aid handed out varies from state to state, which is why the links below are there to help you find out what is the current situation in each region, and when aid is expected to arrive.
4th Stimulus Check highlights
Forms of aid provided to US families can vary based on the decision of each state. You can stay updated on what the latest news is concerning these payments and what you might be entitled to with the links below.
As mentioned previously, fourth
stimulus checks may not be going ahead on a federal level, but different state governments could well be lending a helping hand in some shape or form.
- 4th Stimulus Check Update: The states with checks and financial support available
- Stimulus Check Tracker: Will non-filers have more payments?
- Stimulus Payments: What are the cash boosts scheduled before Christmas?
- Stimulus Check: Plus-Up Payments may stop on December 31
- Stimulus check update: How likely is a fourth payment in 2021?
- California Stimulus: Last stimulus checks already on their way
- 4th Stimulus Check Update: The states still giving out stimulus checks
- Mississippi Stimulus: What is the state doing with federal funds?
- How to track Golden State payments
- How to get those bonus checks?
- $2,000/month to every American
Other US Benefits
One other federal benefits program to keep an eye on is the
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. With this, adults and children with a disability or resources below certain thresholds can receive monthly payments in order to help meet basic needs for food, clothing and shelter.
US Benefits highlights
Another benefits program currently helping American families to collect some more money is the
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This is a federal nutrition program, also sometimes referred to as food stamps, and helps families to pay for healthy food, which tends to cost more. In some states, such as New York, these benefits are rising in October 2021 from a maximum of 680 dollars to 835 dollars.
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