4th stimulus check status: relief money that’s been approved so far

Americans continue to struggle financially while dealing with the effects of the Delta version, and they are calling for a fourth stimulus check. While public support is behind another payment, Congress’s focus is on a $1 trillion infrastructure bill and a $3.5 trillion federal budget package. But there is still relief aid available this year and next year, especially for parents.

Three stimulus checks helped many people pay for household expenses and cover other needs during the pandemic

For starters, the IRS is distributing monthly cash payments to millions of families through the Extended Child Tax Credit, with the next check going out Sept. 15. And based on a U.S. rescue plan signed in March, a newborn child who counts as a qualifying dependent may be eligible for that third stimulus payment of up to $1,400 this year, though the money will last until after filing a tax return in 2022. will not be available.

The tax agency is also sending out supplemental “plus-up” payments for stimulus amounts owed by the end of the summer. Some states are paying $1,000 “thank you” to teachers and school staff, and California residents will see another round of Golden State stimulus checks for $600 (or up to $1,100) in September. A petition demanding a $2,000 monthly check continues to find support, and the White House has floated the idea of ​​sending $100 toward new vaccinations.

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We’ll explain what this means below. Here’s how to check your tax refund if you haven’t received it yet and what to know about unemployment tax breaks. We update this story regularly.

Does Washington have plans for a 4th stimulus payment?

Researchers have found that the first three stimulus checks helped reduce hardships such as food inadequacies and financial instability. So far, during the pandemic, eligible adults have received up to $3,200 and children up to $2,500. For struggling families, this is not enough to make up for lost wages and benefits. Since the American Rescue Plan, the White House has proposed several packages, including the American Jobs Plan and the Build Back Better Agenda, but they do not call for more direct assistance. According to a June statement by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, President Joe Biden is “open to a range of ideas” regarding stimulus aid, but he has already set forth what would be “most effective in the short term”. 

The new scaled-back of the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal, which was agreed in the Senate on July 28, doesn’t include anything related to “human infrastructure”—be it child care, better wages or jobs. does not address. 

Instead, those elements could be included in a proposed $3.5 trillion reconciliation package. The Senate took the first step toward approving a comprehensive package through a budget proposal, and the House recently followed suit. It’s been a few months since Democratic members of the House and Senate argued for another stimulus check. In late March, a group of lawmakers asked Biden to include regular stimulus payments (PDF) in his next stimulus package. In May, a similar request was made by several members of the House Ways and Means Committee (PDF). 

Citing rising poverty and rising debt among Americans, he noted that “most people spent relief checks on monthly expenses or essentials like food, utilities, rent and mortgage payments.”

Details about the $2,000 monthly stimulus petition

The Change.org petition that has gathered more than 2.8 million signatures has called on Congress to send a fourth stimulus check of $2,000 for adults and $1,000 for children on a monthly basis for the rest of the pandemic. 

The petition states that “recoveries have not reached many Americans” and points to the need for immediate checks and recurring payments so that “we can keep our heads above water.” While the Change.org petition is close to becoming one of the most popular on its website, whether it will have any effect is another question.

Will Congress approve more aid soon?

While there’s a lot we still don’t know and much is up for debate, Americans may have extra cash in their pockets in the following scenarios: 

If It Makes the Child Tax Credit Permanent: Money from the Expanded Child Tax Credit debuted this summer with monthly payments to millions of low- and middle-income families with children. In a July 7 speech, Biden called on Congress to extend the extended child tax credit until 2025. Other aspects of the US family plan related to health care costs and medical leave are yet to be negotiated in the upcoming $3.5 trillion Democratic spending plan. 

If it passes the minimum wage increase: Some senators continue to look for ways to boost the federal minimum wage, which is $7.25 per hour. Some supporters want to set the bar at $15 an hourly wage, and others just want to go up to $11 an hour. In recent years, many states, localities and businesses have implemented minimum wage increases above the federal level. However, discussion of a new national rate of $15 an hour has stalled in recent months, and it is unlikely to be implemented any time soon. 

In the meantime, here’s what to know about tax refunds for unemployment benefits recipients in 2020 and the future of federal jobless benefits.

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