Stimulus check 2022 update – Automatic $1,100 payments deposited THIS WEEK as calls for 4th $2,000 direct cash grow
MILLIONS of Americans could get a huge new stimulus check in the coming days after they started being issued this week.
Californians are expecting to receive their final round of stimulus payments, with checks to be sent out on Tuesday, January 11, 2022.
It comes as are demanding that there be recurring $2,000 payments as many continue to struggle during the pandemic.
The initiative calls on Congress to send $2,000 monthly payments to adults and $1,000 kids during the ongoing crisis.
Recurring payments are also known as universal basic income, which a number of states and cities have experimented with during the pandemic.
It is unlikely a fourth stimulus check will be sent out to Americans.
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Claiming stimulus payments overseas
Millions of Americans might get federal stimulus payments during the tax season this year.
And you might be eligible for two reasons: your family welcomed a newborn in 2021, or you’re living abroad.
- Final round of Golden State stimulus checks have now been distributed
- More than 180,000 stimulus checks valued at about $127million were sent to Californians by January 11.
- The checks were mailed out according to zip code.
- Update to petition
- Bonin recently added an update to her petition as it neared 3million signatures.
- “**UPDATE: Our country is still deeply struggling. The recovery hasn’t reached many Americans – the true unemployment rate for low-wage workers is estimated at over 20% and many people face large debts from last year for things like utilities, rent and child care.”
What does the Change.org petition say, part five
“For our team and other Americans who can claim unemployment, even the maximum payments will not be enough for most people to continue paying their bills – and avoid slipping into poverty,” Bonin wrote.
“The facts are, even successful small businesses can’t go months with their doors closed.”
“But supplying Americans with monthly support until they can get back on their feet can save our communities from financial ruin.”
“We need immediate checks and recurring payments so that we can keep our heads above water. Congress needs to make sure that we won’t be left financially ruined for doing our part to keep the country healthy.”
- What does the Change.org petition say, part four
- “Our talented and cherished team, some of whom have been with us since we opened our doors 15 years ago, are now without an income,” Bonin noted on the petition she started.
- “Like our team, my family has lost all of the income from our restaurant, and business owners and the self-employed can’t claim unemployment. This is the story of America right now.”
What does the Change.org petition say, part three
“My husband and I own a restaurant in Denver and these past two weeks have been a blur,” Bonin wrote.
“Our restaurant community is wrestling with seeing everything we all have worked so hard for irrevocably changed.”
“Our hearts were breaking as we watched our staff divide the ingredients in our kitchen to bring to their homes: a dismal token for employees who worked tirelessly every day.”
What does the Change.org petition say, part two
“This is catastrophic for working families like mine,” Bonin added.
“I’m calling on Congress to support families with a $2,000 payment for adults and a $1,000 payment for kids immediately, and continuing regular checks for the duration of the crisis.”
“Otherwise, laid-off workers, furloughed workers, the self-employed, and workers dealing with reduced hours will struggle to pay their rent or put food on the table.”
What does the Change.org petition say?
The petition was created by restaurant owner Stephanie Bonin.
It reads “My name is Stephanie, and I am one of millions of Americans who fear for my financial future because of this coronavirus crisis.”
“With businesses and schools closing across the country to control the spread of this virus, many people have already lost their jobs. Others are being forced to stay home.
More than 3 million people have signed a Change.org petition that calls on lawmakers to pass legislation for recurring $2,000 monthly payments.
Twenty-one Democrat senators have signed a letter to Joe Biden in support of recurring stimulus payments.
The letter read: “Almost six in 10 people say the $1,400 payments set to be included in the rescue package will last them less than three months.”
Analysts: Checks didn’t go ‘far enough’
Low-income Americans were more likely to spend their stimulus cash on bills, according to the study.
And around a third of Americans reported a loss of income last year.
Additional reasons for payment delays
Tax refunds could also be delayed or missed if you don’t update your address with the IRS.
As of early June, average tax refunds were $2,775, according to IRS data.
The final deadline to file federal 2020 tax returns was October 15 and it applied to households who filed an extension ahead of the May 15 deadline.
The only exceptions are for members of the military and others serving in a combat zone – they typically have 180 days after they leave to file returns.
Taxpayers in federally declared disaster areas who already have valid extensions also didn’t need to comply with the October 15 deadline.
Inaccurate information could delay payments
Stimulus checks are still going out in addition to plus-up payments, with the latter applying if the IRS owes you more than it already paid.
Just like with advance child tax credits, these will typically go out as paper checks unless you’ve signed up for direct deposit payments.
You’ll also want to make sure you get the IRS letter verifying when it sent your payment.
This is important for anyone who may be eligible for a stimulus check but who experiences an unexpected holdup receiving their money.
You can check how much you’ll get and how you’ll be paid by using the IRS’ Get My Payment tool.
Stimulus funds for students
Hundreds of students received a surprise holiday stimulus payment of $6,300 on December 15.
Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta gave students $6,300 to pay for various education-related expenses, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
The school was said to have up to 750 students enrolled.
- Agriculture department sends out cash, continued
- “They deserve recognition for their resilience and financial support for their efforts to meet personal and family needs while continuing to provide essential services,” Vilsak said.
- “This grant program is another component of this Administration’s efforts to ensure assistance to alleviate the effects of the pandemic is distributed to those who need it most.”
- Agriculture department sends out cash
- A whopping $700million was set aside by the US Department of Agriculture to compensate staff who incurred unexpected costs – such as having to purchase their own PPE and taking unpaid leave.
- U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsak announced the bonuses earlier this month, applauding “the social and economic achievement” of workers who kept food on the table.
How many stimulus checks have there been?
During the pandemic, three separate packages have been signed into law that included stimulus checks.
The first stimulus package included $1,200 in direct payments, and the next one sent $600 to Americans.
You could be owed cash
A couple of reasons why you might be owed one is because your family had a baby in 2021, or you’re living abroad.
Just thousands of Americans living overseas have received stimulus checks during the pandemic, according to CNBC.
According to the Department of State, roughly 9million US citizens live outside the country, meaning many could still be due to the cash.
Meanwhile, there were around 3.6million births in 2020, with the number expected to have been fairly similar for 2021.
Who would be eligible?
Should the Oregon proposal become law, the following workers would be eligible:
- Worked in medium to high-risk jobs
- Worked at least 20 hours per week in-person from April 2020 to December 2020
- Made less than $22 per hour ($42,900 a year)
- Did not receive a bonus or hazard pay for working amid the pandemic
Thousands of workers could get stimulus
An initial analysis estimates at least 230,000 workers would be eligible – but Portland representative Andrea Valderrama said lawmakers are still seeking clarification from the Oregon Employment Department on how many would qualify.
- Unemployment during pandemic shutdown peak
- The pandemic was at its worst in April 2020.
- At that time, the unemployment rate surged to 14.8 percent, which is the highest it has been since data collection began in 1948, according to Congressional Research Service.
- Unemployment rate before Covid-19
- The pre-pandemic unemployment rate was 3.5 percent in the US.
- As of mid-December, the current national rate is 4.2 percent, and it has been on a downward trend since the worst of the pandemic shutdowns in April 2020.
- What is the unemployment rate?
- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the current unemployment rate in the US is 3.9 percent.
- The total number of unemployed citizens is 6.3 million people.