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IRS now sending millions more additional stimulus checks

The IRS said it is continuing to distribute federal stimulus checks to eligible Americans, with another 2.3 million payments issued last week. Some of those payments include "plus-up" adjustments for people who received less money than they were entitled to in earlier checks. The latest round of payments is part...
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9 more states are ending pandemic unemployment aid on Saturday, cutting off 440,000 workers

Nine states will be ending their enhanced unemployment benefits on Saturday, cutting off aid to more than 440,000 out-of-work adults, according to an estimate from the left-leaning Century Foundation. The Republican governors of the states argue that the benefits aren't necessary as the economy recovers, but workers and advocates say the loss of benefits will harm them.
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Here’s a timeline of when $300 weekly unemployment benefits will expire in every state

Subscribe to Fortune Daily to get essential business stories straight to your inbox each morning. Amid the COVID-19 recession last spring, finding a job was perhaps the hardest it had been since the Great Depression. After all, the 14.7% jobless rate in April 2020 was the highest mark since 1940. Since, the economy has experienced one of the swiftest recoveries on record, with the unemployment rate at 5.8% as of May. Now, it's employers who are grumbling about finding workers.
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When will my unemployment benefits tax refund come? What to know about IRS money

Millions of Americans who collected unemployment insurance in 2020 are due for a federal refund if they filed their taxes early this year. That's because the March American Rescue Plan made the first $10,200 of unemployment benefits ($20,400 for married couples filing jointly) tax-free. Now, some 13 million taxpayers who paid income tax on those benefits before the change in the law went into effect could get a chunk of money back.

8 states are ending unemployment benefits and $300 bonus this week. What to know

Louisiana is the latest to join the list of states planning to end the $300-a-week-benefit program -- it's also the first state with a Democratic governor to end the benefits. Alaska, Iowa, Mississippi and Missouri have already terminated the program, with eight more states ending their pandemic-related unemployment benefits on June 19. For people living in one of the 26 states ending participation before the Sept. 6 federal cutoff, the long-term unemployed and freelancers will lose their jobless aid completely.
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Half of Unemployment Funds May Have Been Stolen

Since the start of the pandemic, millions of people have filed for unemployment. Many of them may have been criminals. Millions of Americans have lost their jobs since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, and since many were living paycheck to paycheck before the pandemic, they had no money in savings to fall back on once they were out of work. It's for this reason that unemployment benefits have been such a lifeline.

Extra unemployment benefits ending for 440,000 Americans this weekend

More than 400,000 out-of-work Americans are poised to lose their unemployment benefits this weekend as eight states prematurely drop out of a pandemic relief program that boosted jobless aid by $300 a week. Alabama, Idaho, Indiana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, West Virginia and Wyoming will terminate the extra unemployment...
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2. What the U.S. government is doing to fix unemployment fraud

The U.S. government is clear that unemployment fraud is a huge problem, and has budgeted $2 billion to try to fix it. Where it stands: The Department of Labor inspector general reported last month that 20 states did not perform what was required of them in terms of detecting improper payments, and 44 states did not do what was recommended (but not required).
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1. America's pandemic of unemployment fraud

COVID-19, and the government’s response to it, created a perfect storm for unemployment fraud — which Axios reported could have accounted for half of all the payments made throughout the pandemic. Why it matters: The government has not officially audited the issue. But there are good reasons to believe that...
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Miami restaurant owner turns to robot server amid worker shortage

A Miami restaurant owner told "Fox & Friends" on Friday that he's turned to robots amid a struggle to hire new workers, despite offering increased wages, health care plans, and 401(k) accounts. "We were offering an increase of wages, health care plans, 401(k)s, but people just weren’t applying and like...

Which states are ending unemployment benefits and $300 bonus this week? We'll tell you

In less than a month, nearly 4 million Americans will lose the additional unemployment coverage they've been receiving. So far, Alaska, Iowa, Mississippi and Missouri ended the $300-a-week benefit program. This Saturday, June 19, more states are also ending their pandemic-related unemployment benefits. For people living in one of the 25 states ending participation before the Sept. 6 federal cutoff, the long-term unemployed and freelancers will lose their jobless aid completely.
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Voter ID, Tax Breaks, Knife Carry and More

Senate Bill 285: Require ID to vote, authorize exceptions: Passed 19 to 16 in the Senate. To require a person to show an original or a copy of identification when requesting an absentee ballot in person or by mail, with those unable to do so getting a "provisional" ballot. Also passed were Senate Bills 303 and 304 to authorize the provisional ballots, which require a voter to show documents within six days that verify his or her identity and address for the vote to be counted.