4th Stimulus Check Update: These states are set to receive their first checks

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MARCA.com 18 September, 2021 - 08:01am 58 views

How much would the 4th stimulus check be?

Details about the $2,000 stimulus check petition A Change.org petition that has collected more than 2.85 million signatures calls on Congress to send out a fourth stimulus check of $2,000 for adults and $1,000 for children on a monthly basis for the remainder of the pandemic. CNET4th stimulus check: $600 for Californians, $1,000 for teachers, $2,000 payment petition

Due to the economic despair brought upon by COVID-19 and the subsequent government measures imposed on the back of it, state financial aid is considered by many as a welcome relief with the job market in tatters.

Various stimulus checks are either being prepared or debated in the US, while plenty of money has already being sent. In such times, families across the US are eager to find out who qualifies for such aid, which is why we've taken a look at what various states' stance is on the matter.

Here comes a look at the states where stimulus checks are either being prepared or debated, or where money is already being given out to residents. We'll also explain how to qualify for these fourth stimulus checks.

Despite the deadline for sending out the money being set for December 31, various states are already in the process of sending out checks where they are most needed. Below, we run through the various states and explain the situation regarding stimulus checks in each.

Residents in Alaska may qualify for some additional money through the Federal State Extended Benefit program, which could bring another 13 to 20 weeks of checks. This, though, is only possible for certain residents and it depends on how much of this pot of money has already been claimed. Furthermore, Alaskans are waiting for updates regarding what will happen with the annual oil wealth checks.

The situation in Arkansas is still very much up in the air, with the Arkansas state government currently involved in a legal battle with its own residents over the end of the federal unemployment benefits that were worth 300 dollars per week. Until that battle is resolved, any talk of a fourth check is likely to have to wait.

Right now, the state of California is the only one that has sent a stimulus check from their own money in the form of the Golden State Stimulus, as the state has a budget surplus due to their tax system. Residents earning 30,000-75,000 dollars a year are entitled to 500 or 600 dollars, as well as 500 dollars to be paid to households with dependent children. (Read more about the California stimulus). Beginning on September 17, these Golden State Stimulus payments have begun to be sent out to eligible citizens across California, however if you are expecting to receive the check via mail, these will be sent from October 5.

People who received at least one unemployment payment between March 15, 2020, and October 24, 2020, will receive 375 dollars. However, those on higher incomes who qualified for more than 500 per week in employment benefits will not be eligible.

Most teachers and administrators were allocated a 1,000 dollar payment, though things are still in development.

Georgia's plan is generous, and full-time teachers and administrators will pocket 1,000 dollars, while part-time teachers will take 500 dollars. Pre-K educators will also likely have payments to claim.

All state and local taxes on unemployment benefits have been repealed, and stimulus payments of 500 dollars for families and 300 dollars for individuals who filed for the Earned Income Tax Credit were also passed in the legislation.

Mississippi was one of the first states where the unemployment benefits stimulus payments ended early and there are currently no plans for more stimulus checks to be paid out. This is one of the states where a fresh round of payments looks unlikely.

In a bid to boost the locals' economic situation in Michigan, the state has started to send 500 dollar hazard pay bonuses to their teachers.

In New Mexico, theere is a program that plans to distribute five million dollars to residents who didn't qualify for the federal payments.

In New York, there is a 2.1 billion dollar fund for undocumented workers who were unable to claim financial aid via the federal stimulus. In order to qualify, you will need to be a resident of the state and have made less than 26,208 dollars in 2020.

Checks of 1,000 dollars will be sent to teachers, labelled as hazard pay bonuses, and part-time teachers will get 500 dollars.

Nothing state-wide has been confirmed, but Fort Worth and Arlington will increase the pay of district employees by four percent. Denton and Mansfile will increase pay by two percent, while Denton employees will also be given a bonus of 500 dollars. In Irving, a 2,000 dollar payment will be given to staff who return to classrooms in September.

In West Virginia, there are more than 7,700 unclaimed stimulus checks, Child Tax Credit and others.

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See if you're eligible for $1,100 stimulus check arriving THIS WEEK

The Sun 18 September, 2021 - 05:49am

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MILLIONS of eligible Americans will receive a second round of the Golden State Stimulus II payment worth $1,100, the California Franchise Tax Board announced.

The payments, released Friday, September 17, will reach direct deposit recipients first. 

To qualify for the second round of payment, you must file your 2020 taxes by October 15, 2021 and have been a California resident for more than half of the 2020 tax year and on the date the payment is issued.

Your California Adjusted Gross Income must be $1 to $75,000 for the 2020 tax year or wages of $0 to $75,000 for the 2020 tax year.

The first round of Golden State payments on August 27 released 650,000 payments, aimed towards low-income California residents.

A total of $12 billion in direct payments is slated to go out to qualifying residents, benefiting about two of every three Californians.

Those who qualify normally receive an additional $600 or $500 depending on their income and number of dependents.

Residents who do not claim dependents and did not receive the first round of payments can be granted $1,100 for the second stimulus payment.

Payments will hit bank accounts via direct deposit on September 17 followed by mailed checks, arriving a few days later.

They “may need more review depending on the situation or information we have."

"This could include address changes, bank account changes, etc.," a post to the tax agencies website reads.

Gov. Gavin Newsom said the extra money should help residents of the state who suffered financial difficulties during the Covid-19 pandemic to get back on their feet, including low-income parents and self-employed workers.

Stimulus cash is also being provided to artists in New York and teachers in Tennessee.

Up to 2,000 artists will receive checks worth up to $5,000 and payments are expected to be sent out by October.

In Tennessee, $1,000 stimulus checks will be sent to teachers before the end of the year.

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See if you're eligible for $1,100 stimulus check arriving THIS WEEK

NBC San Diego 18 September, 2021 - 05:49am

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MILLIONS of eligible Americans will receive a second round of the Golden State Stimulus II payment worth $1,100, the California Franchise Tax Board announced.

The payments, released Friday, September 17, will reach direct deposit recipients first. 

To qualify for the second round of payment, you must file your 2020 taxes by October 15, 2021 and have been a California resident for more than half of the 2020 tax year and on the date the payment is issued.

Your California Adjusted Gross Income must be $1 to $75,000 for the 2020 tax year or wages of $0 to $75,000 for the 2020 tax year.

The first round of Golden State payments on August 27 released 650,000 payments, aimed towards low-income California residents.

A total of $12 billion in direct payments is slated to go out to qualifying residents, benefiting about two of every three Californians.

Those who qualify normally receive an additional $600 or $500 depending on their income and number of dependents.

Residents who do not claim dependents and did not receive the first round of payments can be granted $1,100 for the second stimulus payment.

Payments will hit bank accounts via direct deposit on September 17 followed by mailed checks, arriving a few days later.

They “may need more review depending on the situation or information we have."

"This could include address changes, bank account changes, etc.," a post to the tax agencies website reads.

Gov. Gavin Newsom said the extra money should help residents of the state who suffered financial difficulties during the Covid-19 pandemic to get back on their feet, including low-income parents and self-employed workers.

Stimulus cash is also being provided to artists in New York and teachers in Tennessee.

Up to 2,000 artists will receive checks worth up to $5,000 and payments are expected to be sent out by October.

In Tennessee, $1,000 stimulus checks will be sent to teachers before the end of the year.

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California stimulus checks sent today: What to know about the $600, $1,100 payments

CNET 17 September, 2021 - 04:00pm

California stimulus checks provide direct cash relief to those hit hardest by the pandemic. 

While a fourth stimulus check isn't on the table for Americans this year, California isn't holding back on additional relief aid for its residents. Today, a batch of Golden State Stimulus II payments arrived in bank accounts across California. The first round -- amounting to 600,000 payments -- went out on Aug. 27; today's batch is much larger, with at least 2 million Californians receiving the benefit. 

Approximately two-thirds of California taxpayers are eligible for a payment of $600, and some qualifying families received an additional $500. These state-only checks are part of the $100 billion "California Comeback Plan" aimed at providing immediate relief to families and businesses that have been the most negatively impacted by the pandemic. Gov. Gavin Newsom's office called it "the biggest state tax rebate in American history." 

Keep reading to find out if you're eligible for a Golden State Stimulus II check, what you need to do to get your money and when your check could arrive. Also, here's everything you need to know about the 2021 child tax credit, which is providing the vast majority of families across the US with advance monthly checks to help cover expenses and basic necessities. 

The Golden State Stimulus II payments are different from the Golden State Stimulus I payments that went out earlier this year. GSS I payments -- a one-time check of either $600 or $1,200 -- went out to those who typically earned less than $30,000 and received the state's Earned Income Tax Credit, or CalEITC, or those who filed their taxes with an Individual Tax Identification Number, or ITIN

GSS II has been expanded so that more Californians qualify. You're eligible for a $600 payment if you've been a California resident for more than half of the 2020 tax year (you must still be a California resident on the date the payment is issued). You need to also meet the following requirements:

If you don't qualify for GSS II, see if you might be eligible for GSS I. Californians who received the earlier GSS I payment could be eligible for a GSS II check for $500 or $1,000 only if they claimed a qualifying child or relative as a dependent on their 2020 tax return. 

Besides those who already received GSS I and have no dependents, there are others who are excluded from GSS II payments. Californians whose income is exclusively from other benefits, like Social Security, CalWorks, unemployment or state disability, do not qualify. For more information, check out the Franchise Tax Board's help page

If you'd like to see if you qualify, or estimate the amount of your GSS II, you can go to the Franchise Tax Board estimator. If you have a Social Security number and meet all the GSS II requirements above, you should receive $600 if you had no dependents, and $1,100 if you claimed at least one dependent. Note that some of the payment amounts change depending on whether you received GSS I, whether you have an SSN or ITIN and if you are married filing separately. 

California's stimulus payments are going out twice a month, or about every two weeks, though some may go out earlier or later. Most direct payments will be issued before Oct. 15. The latest payment was sent Sept. 17.

If you filed a state tax return after Aug. 20, you might have to wait at least 45 days for the return to be processed and have a check issued. 

Those who qualify and already set up direct deposit when filing their 2020 tax return can expect an electronic payment. Those who don't have direct deposit set up with the state will receive a paper check. 

According to the Franchise Tax Board, the state's stimulus payment is not subject to garnishment for child support or spousal support, for example, or offset for debts owed to state agencies.

Here's everything we know about the other stimulus aid that might be coming your way. And here's more about the expiration of pandemic-era unemployment benefits

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Growing demand for fourth stimulus check & when next payment could be issued

The Sun 16 September, 2021 - 03:55pm

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A FOURTH stimulus check could be in the cards as Americans are calling for extra cash after a number of pandemic-related financial programs have either ended or are due to expire soon.

President Joe Biden is yet to propose a fourth round of federal stimulus checks but calls remain persistent among growing sections of the American public.

More than 2.7 million people have called for the White House to propose recurring checks worth up to $2,000 amid fears that the current amount is not enough.

Restaurant owner Stephanie Bonin, of Colorado, created the petition last year and support keeps growing.

She said that stimulus checks should be targeted at Americans who are struggling and instructed politicians that they need to learn from the past year.

More than 180,000 people signed another petition calling for checks worth up to $2,000.

And, petitions that were created during the Trump presidency have reached 75,000 and 60,000 signatures.

But pressure may soon once again mount on lawmakers to action the fourth round of aid after several federal programs put in place to stem the financial hardships of the pandemic have ended or may end soon.

Enhanced federal unemployment benefits and an eviction moratorium have now expired.

Expanded Child Tax Credit payments, which started in July and is due to end in December, may also soon run out should Biden's push to extend the aid until 2025 not be approved by Congress.

Some financial experts are now calling for more government aid, noting that since Americans are still expected to pay their bills on a monthly basis, assistance on a monthly basis should also be considered.

“The bills come monthly, and so should the checks,” Natalie Foster, co-chair of the Economic Security Project, told CBS News about the Expanded Child Tax Credit payments.

“We know that these first two checks have really impacted families in a meaningful way.”

Census data from the Senate Joint Economic Committee supported Foster's remarks.

In a recent report, they found that households with food insecurity dropped from 11 percent to 8.4 percent after those payments were made.

More than 400 economists sent a letter to lawmakers on Wednesday urging Congress to make the enhanced CTC a permanent feature of the tax code.

"A permanently expanded CTC would yield tremendous immediate and long-term benefits for children and their families and would be unlikely to meaningfully reduce employment," the economists wrote.

Meanwhile, the Delta variant is causing a resurgence in COVID-19 cases, hampering job growth in August as some businesses hesitated to hire amid growing fears about infection.

But federal pandemic unemployment benefits ended on Labor Day for 9.1 million people, which means out-of-work parents may be more reliant on the CTC to make ends meet.

While a fourth round of aid remains to be seen, states across the country are creating their own stimulus payment schemes.

California, Colorado, Maryland, New Mexico, New York, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Tennessee, and Texas have all established an extra stimulus program to aid residents hardest hit by the pandemic. 

The states are either tapping into their own budget or are using the extra money allocated in federal relief as part of the America Rescue Plan. 

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