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4th stimulus check 2022 — Americans eligible for $700 in cash relief — see if your state is offering rebates

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RESIDENTS in New Jersey could get free money as part of a program for homeowners.

Over 1.8million people living in the Garden State are set to receive relief from high property taxes after Governor Phil Murphy announced the ANCHOR (Affordable New Jersey Communities for Homeowners and Renters) Property Tax Relief program.

It will provide up to $900million in tax relief for both homeowners and renters.

Under the ANCHOR relief program, homeowners are eligible to receive an average rebate of $700 in FY2023.

Other states could also see rebate checks for residents in the near future.

In Maine, about 850,000 residents are set to get $850 rebate checks, and in Colorado, Governor Jared Polis announced in April that 3.1million Coloradans would get tax rebates worth between $400 for individuals and $800 for joint filers.

Read our stimulus check live blog for the latest news and updates...

  • Alexandra Markovich

    Oregon stimulus plan, part three

    The payments, plus administrative costs, are expected to total nearly $150 million, paid from federal pandemic aid approved by Congress last year.

    There is no application process, and eligible workers are in line to get the automatic payments from the state’s Department of Revenue by the end of July.

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    Oregon stimulus plan, continued

    The funds are set to go to Oregon residents who claimed the Earned Income Tax Credit in 2020.

    Payments will be limited to one per household.

    Eligible workers would receive automatic payments from the state’s Department of Revenue by the end of July.

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    Oregon stimulus plan

    Oregon approved a plan that will send $600 stimulus checks to eligible residents.

    The cash plan specifically targets low-income employees that worked during the early stages of the pandemic.

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    Qualifying for Frontline Worker Payment program

    To be eligible for Frontline Worker Pay, the applicant:

    • must have been employed at least 120 hours in Minnesota in one or more frontline sectors between March 15, 2020, and June 30, 2021.
    • for the hours worked during this time period the applicant –
      • was not able to telework due to the nature of the individual's work and
      • worked in close proximity to people outside of the individual's household
    • must meet the income requirements for at least one year between December 31, 2019, and January 1, 2022 –
      • workers with direct COVID-19 patient care responsibilities must have had an adjusted gross income of less than $350,000 for married taxpayers filing jointly, or less than $175,000 for other filers and
      • for workers in occupations without direct COVID-19 patient care responsibilities, the adjusted gross income limit is $185,000 for married taxpayers filing jointly, or $85,000 for other filers; and
    • must not have received an unemployment insurance benefit payment for more than 20 weeks on a cumulative basis for weeks between March 15, 2020, and June 26, 2021
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    Americans with certain jobs could get cash

    Workers in Minnesota could receive up to $750 each under the Frontline Worker Payment program.

    However, you must have one of the following jobs:

    • long-term care and home care
    • health care
    • emergency responders
    • public health, social service and regulator service
    • courts and corrections
    • child care
    • schools: charter, state and higher education
    • food service: production, processing, preparation, sale and delivery
    • retail: sales, fulfillment, distribution and delivery
    • temporary shelters and hotels
    • building services: maintenance, janitorial and security
    • public transit
    • ground and air transportation services
    • manufacturing
    • vocational rehabilitation
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    Backlash against checks for undocumented workers

    New York is giving undocumented workers who lost work during the pandemic up to a $15,600 stimulus check, but some people are not thrilled about it.

    William A Barclay, the Republican minority leader in the Assembly, previously said to the New York Times: "Wow, I struggled through this whole pandemic, I’ve followed all the rules, have paid taxes and done everything I’m supposed to be doing."

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    Can you get a mortgage stimulus, continued

    To qualify, incomes must be 150 percent or less of the area median income or 100 percent of the median income for the US, whichever is bigger.

    The programs vary based upon the state you are in, but California is currently offering the highest maximum at $80,000 per household.

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    Can you get a mortgage stimulus?

    The American Rescue Plan Act set aside stimulus money for states to help people at risk of losing their homes.

    People who experienced financial hardship due to the pandemic were eligible to apply for help paying off their mortgages.

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    Big Oil Windfall Profits Tax, continued

    “At $120 per barrel of oil, the levy would raise approximately $45 billion per year,” Khanna said to USA Today.

    “At that price, single filers would receive approximately $240 each year and joint filers would receive roughly $360 each year.

    “If they avoid the tax, that’s less relief for the American public, but that means that their price will come down.”

    However, Khanna said that the Democratic pair hasn’t gotten Republican representatives on board yet.

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    Big Oil Windfall Profits Tax

    Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Representative Ro Khanna have proposed a bill called Big Oil Windfall Profits Tax.

    In the proposal, gas stimulus checks would be sent to lower-income Americans.

    The funding would come from levying a per-barrel tax on major oil companies “equal to 50% of the difference between the current price of a barrel of oil and the pre-pandemic average price per barrel between 2015 and 2019,” a brief of the bill says according to Yahoo Finance.

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    Refund to be issued in Georgia

    This one-time tax refund is a result of House Bill 1302, which was passed by the Georgia General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Brian Kemp.

    This one-time tax refund is supposed to help hardworking Georgia residents battle the high inflation rate.

    Single filers and married individuals who file separately could receive a refund of $250.

    Filers who are the heads of their households can receive a maximum refund of $375, and married individuals who file jointly can receive a maximum of $500.

    However, it is important to note that the refund will not be issued until residents have had their 2021 tax returns processed.

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    Stimulus checks for people abroad

    According to federal data, about 9million US citizens living abroad received 3.7million payments worth $5.5billion during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The 9million people include US citizens abroad, military members stationed overseas, and residents of US territories, such as Puerto Rico. 

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    Billions of dollars distributed to healthcare

    Out of the $5trillion the government spent, $482billion went to state and local aid, and below The Sun lists how the US government decided to distribute the $482billion.

    • $156billion: Grants to health providers
    • $64billion: Vaccines, treatments and supplies
    • $46billion: Testing, monitoring and research
    • $45billion: Vaccine and treatment development
    • $56billion: Medicaid coverage
    • $38billion: Medicare changes
    • $22billion: Expanded A.C.A. subsidies
    • $18billion: COBRA coverage
    • $13billion: Waive certain cost-sharing
    • $12billion: Health agencies
    • $11billion: Other
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    Decision on student loans coming soon

    President Biden said in late April that he would announce details on federal loan forgiveness “in the next few weeks,” according to Rolling Stone.

    “I am not considering $50,000 debt reduction, but I am in the process of taking a hard look at whether or not there will be additional debt forgiveness,” President Biden said.

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    Will the government forgive college loans?

    President Biden publicly said during his campaign that he supported up to $10,000 in federal loan forgiveness.

    However, the government has not yet forgiven debt for most borrowers, and the president has not recently shared any plan for it.

    Some Democrats in Congress are pushing for up to $50,000 of loan forgiveness for borrowers.

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    Billions of stimulus dollars distributed for aid

    During the pandemic, the government spent $5trillion during the pandemic.

    Out of that $5trillion, $745billion went to state and local aid, and below The Sun lists how the US government decided to distribute the $745billion.

    • $244billion: American Rescue Plan direct aid
    • $149billion: CARES Act direct aid
    • $190billion: Elementary and secondary education
    • $72billion: Increases in the federal share of Medicaid payments
    • $69billion: Transit
    • $10billion: Transportation infrastructure
    • $6billion: Non-public schools
    • $5billion: Education grants and workforce
    • $0.4billion: Election security
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    Trillions distributed to individuals

    During the pandemic, the government spent $5trillion.

    Out of that $5trillion, $1.7trillion went to businesses, and below The Sun lists how the US government decided to distribute the $1.7trillion.

    • $835billion: Paycheck Protection Program
    • $349billion: Economic Injury Disaster Loan program
    • $193billion: Loosen limits on business losses
    • $85billion: Delay of employer payroll tax
    • $80billion: Airlines
    • $29billion: Restaurants
    • $27billion: Economic Injury Disaster Loan advances
    • $26billion: Employee retention payroll tax credit
    • $25billion: Support for Federal Reserve loans
    • $13billion: Venues
    • $13billion: Interest deductions
    • $11billionl: Paid leave credit
    • $11billion: Other
    • $9billion: Other tax breaks
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    Big Oil Windfall Profits Tax

    Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Representative Ro Khanna have proposed a bill called Big Oil Windfall Profits Tax.

    In the proposal, gas stimulus checks would be sent to lower-income Americans.

    The funding would come from levying a per-barrel tax on major oil companies “equal to 50% of the difference between the current price of a barrel of oil and the pre-pandemic average price per barrel between 2015 and 2019,” a brief of the bill says according to Yahoo Finance.

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    Trillions distributed to individuals

    During the pandemic, the government spent $5trillion.

    Out of that $5trillion, $1.8trillion went to individuals and families, and below The Sun lists how the US government decided to distribute the $1.8trillion.

    • $817billion: Stimulus checks
    • $678billion: Unemployment benefits
    • $93billion: Child tax credit expansion
    • $71billion: SNAP and other food assistance
    • $39billion: Delayed student loan payments
    • $28billion: Child care block grants
    • $24billion: Child care provider grants
    • $14billion: Retirement plan rules
    • $24billion: Other tax breaks
    • $10billion: Other
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    Americans spent billions on airlines

    As many people are aware, the travel industry was hit hard during the pandemic.

    In fact, airports were practically ghost towns because most travel was banned.

    Since travel was banned, the majority of pilots, flight attendants, and other staff members were furloughed for an unknown amount of time.

    However, what many Americans don't know is that $80billion was given to the airline industry during this time.

    As many people were fighting to put food on the table, this brings up the question if $80billion was too much for the American government to spend on something as unnecessary as the travel industry.

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    Recovery Rebate Credit eligibility, part three

    The IRS says individuals were not eligible to claim the 2021 Recovery Rebate Credit if any of the following apply:

    • You could be claimed as a dependent on another taxpayer’s 2021 tax return
    • You’re a nonresident alien
    • You don’t have a valid Social Security Number issued to you by the due date of your tax return, and you don’t claim a dependent who has a valid SSN or ATIN

    Estates, trusts, and individuals who died before January 1, 2021, did not qualify for the 2021 Recovery Rebate Credit.

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    Recovery Rebate Credit eligibility, part two

    Taxpayers didn’t qualify for the third Economic Impact Payment, may have still been eligible to claim the 2021 Recovery Rebate Credit.

    That’s because the credit is based on 2021 tax information instead of 2019 or 2020 information.

    If you received the full amount of the third Economic Impact Payment, it wasn’t necessary to include information about it when filing 2021 tax returns.

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    Recovery Rebate Credit eligibility

    The eligibility requirements for the 2021 Recovery Rebate Credit were the same as the third Economic Impact Payments requirements, except that credit eligibility and amount were based on your 2021 tax year information.

    Third Economic Impact Payments were based on your 2019 or 2020 tax year information.

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    Recovery Rebate Credit, continued

    If you didn’t get the first or second stimulus payments, you may be eligible to claim the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit by filing a 2020 tax return.

    The third Economic Impact Payment will not be used to calculate the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit, according to the IRS.

    More information about how to claim the Recovery Rebate Credit is available on the IRS website.

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    What is the Recovery Rebate Credit?

    Taxpayers might have been eligible to claim a Recovery Rebate Credit on 2021 federal tax returns if they didn’t get a third stimulus payment, or got less than the full amount.

    The IRS sent Letter 6475 in early 2022 to addresses on file confirming the total amount of third payments and any plus-up payments received for the tax year 2021.

    Taxpayers needed the information to accurately calculate their 2021 Recovery Rebate Credit when filing their 2021 federal tax return in 2022.

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