Pilot says unruly passenger behavior is a threat to all flyers, calls for tougher legal action

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When will the child tax credit come out?

The IRS said the first payment will arrive on July 15. From then on, it'll arrive every 15th day of the month, except in August, when it'll arrive on the 13th. HOW MUCH WILL YOU GET? The amount of money depends on the age of your child, how many children you have, and what your taxable income was. KGO-TVChild tax credit: Everything you need to know before 1st payment hits your account

When will I get my child tax credit 2021?

The IRS will begin sending payments for the Child Tax Credit on 15 July. Unlike the credit's previous structure, before the passage of the American Rescue Plan, those in the care of dependents who qualify will receive monthly payments until December. AS EnglishChild Tax Credit 2021 on July 15th: how to prepare with the eligibility assistant

Is there a 4th stimulus check?

Will there be a fourth stimulus check? Probably not. There has been speculation that Congress could discuss another round of stimulus checks during the pandemic, according to Yahoo Finance. But it's unlikely because so much of the stimulus check cash has remained unspent. Deseret NewsStimulus check: Who got the third payment? Will there be a 4th check?

An American Airlines pilot and union official told CNBC on Friday that on-board passenger disturbances do not go unnoticed in the cockpit and called for the U.S. government to take further action to deter incidents from happening.

"When I hear that one of my flight attendants has been assaulted or another passenger, I'm up there flying the aircraft 35,000 feet near the speed of sound, that's a distraction," Dennis Tajer said on "Squawk Box."

"That's a threat to everybody else on the aircraft. ... We can't just pull the plane over and say, 'All right, get out,'" added Tajer, who serves as a spokesman for the Allied Pilots Association, which represents 15,000 pilots working for American Airlines.

Reports of unruly behavior from airplane passengers have soared this year, such as a flyer allegedly assaulting a Southwest Airlines flight attendant in late May.

The Federal Aviation Administration said June 22 it has received about 3,100 reports of unruly behavior since Jan. 1, with 2,350 reports of passengers refusing to obey the federal Covid mask mandate. The policy is in place until Sept. 14, and the FAA plans to enforce its zero-tolerance policy for passenger disturbances as long as the mandate remains.

This year alone, the FAA has proposed more than $560,000 in overall fines against airline passengers who refused flight attendants' directions to comply with cabin crew and federal regulations. Passengers have 30 days to contest the fines.

Flight attendants, airline lobbying groups, and several aviation unions, including Allied Pilots Association, have jointly reached out to the U.S. Department of Justice about the incidents, Tajer said. In a letter sent late last month, the industry asked for DOJ to "commit to the full and public prosecution of onboard acts of violence."

"We're seeing much more violent action as you can see just on your cell phone when people post it. That's not acceptable," Tajer told CNBC. "But now we need to see the backing with the actual law, criminal law processes, and make that very public, you know. It's not just about retribution. It's about making sure this doesn't happen."

Tajer said implementing secondary barriers, which add another layer of security for the flight deck whenever the cockpit door is open, would be helpful to have in the current environment. Airlines and manufacturers are "battling" to get these, he said, noting that lawmakers have already introduced bipartisan legislation to mandate the installation of secondary cockpit barriers on all commercial passenger aircraft.

"With all the unruly passengers — and sometimes they're just not well — but if somebody has nefarious intent, we've got to have all the measures to defend the airplane and thus defend our passengers and our country," Tajer said.

Tajer's comments on flight disruptions come as more travelers return to the skies. 

More than 47.7 million Americans are expected to travel over the holiday, with travel volumes almost fully recovering to pre-pandemic levels, according to a AAA report. This Independence Day is expected to witness the second-highest travel volume on record, behind 2019, at an increase of almost 40% compared with last year during the pandemic, according to AAA.

On Thursday, TSA screened 2,147,090 people at airport security checkpoints, which is nearly three times higher than the same weekday in 2020 and actually surpassed 2019 pre-Covid levels, too.

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2021 babies are eligible for the $3,600 child tax credit too. Here's how to claim your payment

CNET 02 July, 2021 - 06:00pm

Having a baby anytime can be a challenge -- and dealing with a newborn can be even more complicated during a pandemic. But new parents now have the added challenge of trying to decipher the expanded child tax credit rules for 2021. In previous years, the child tax credit amount was much smaller, and parents would claim their children on their tax return and receive the credit as part of their refund. But things are different in 2021. 

Most notably, the credit is now $3,600 for eligible children under age 6 and $3,000 for older children. And the other major change is to the payment schedule: The IRS is now automatically sending monthly checks directly to qualifying families (unless you opt out), so payments will arrive much sooner. This is great news for parents who need the money now, but can be confusing for people with new babies born in 2021 (and even more confusing for expectant parents of future 2022 babies).

Parents of 2021 babies have one extra step to take if they want to begin receiving child tax credit checks this year. We'll walk you through your eligibility and how to use the IRS web portals to claim your payments. Read on to learn more about how the portals work, and how to use them to claim the credit for babies born or adopted in 2021, or any new dependents who weren't listed on your 2020 return. Plus, here's how to claim an additional $8,000 to $16,000 credit for child care expenses and what we know about a fourth stimulus check.

The new child tax credit for 2021 newborns will be capped at $3,600 per eligible child, going down from there as your income goes up. The IRS uses different AGI phaseout limits (when your income is too high to qualify for the full amount of the credit) for single filers, heads of household and married couples filing jointly. CNET built a calculator for determining your specific payment eligibility, which you should definitely try out, especially if you also have older children (kids 6 and up qualify for less), share custody or don't hold US citizenship.

If your dependents haven't been reported to the IRS by July (or haven't even been born yet), you have two options for receiving your payment. First, you could always wait until you file your return next spring and receive the entire child tax credit in one lump sum, just like how the former version of the credit worked. But if you'd like to receive monthly payments before next year's tax season rolls around, there's another option. 

The first chunk of child tax credit payments will arrive monthly, beginning in July and continuing through December.

The IRS has set up two online portals for special cases like this one. The Child Tax Credit Update Portal will allow taxpayers to report any change in status (dependents, income) throughout the year. These families can use the portal to make sure their information is correct, including adding any 2021 babies as qualified dependents. 

Because payment eligibility is based on your child's age on Dec. 31, monthly checks will not be prorated. All children (who meet all other qualifications) born on or before Dec. 31, 2021, will receive the full $3,600 tax credit. The only variation will be in the timing of each check. Let's walk through a few examples:

One important caveat is that both you and your child must be US citizens and your child needs a Social Security number. And another: Your child's age group is based on their age on Dec. 31, 2021, so anyone aging into the next payment bracket at any point in 2021 will be considered a part of that group for the entirety of the year. (Got a 5-year-old turning 6 this year? Unfortunately, you may be out about $600.)

We'll keep this story updated as new information emerges about the expanded child tax credit. Still have unanswered questions? Here's every important detail to know about the child tax credit, 2021 income limits, how shared custody could impact your child tax credit payments and a timeline for monthly payments. And here's everything we know so far about a potential fourth stimulus check and nine weird facts about stimulus checks that you should know about.

Families to begin receiving child tax credit this month

KCRG 02 July, 2021 - 06:00pm

The government raised the child tax credit as part of President Biden’s American Rescue Plan.

Instead of waiting until tax time, half of the credit will go out in the form of automatic monthly payments starting July 15.

The other half will be credited when you file your taxes.

For a child age 5 or younger, a family would get around $3,600.

For children 6-17-years old, it’s $3,000.

Single filers earning up to $75,000 a year get the full benefit.

That also applies for joint filers who earn up to $150,000.

“I would say it really comes down to how are we doing financially, No. 1. Are we employed? Do we have income coming in? So if we don’t, obviously we want to take the monthly payment,” Cameron McCarty, president of Vivid Tax Advisory Services, said.

Families must decide quickly how they want to receive the credit because payments are automatic.

If you don’t want the increments, you must opt out on the IRS website by July 15.

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