Fourth stimulus check update – ‘Secret’ stimulus worth $8,000 is available if you ask for it as California cash sent out

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A ‘SURPRISE’ $8k stimulus is available to cover childcare costs, but you have to ask for it.
To qualify for the Child and Dependent Care Credit, designed to cover caretaking costs, you must fill out IRS Form 2441, prove that you have earned income from a job, and provide information about the care expenses that need to be covered.
Meanwhile, Golden State II $600 stimulus payments could start going out any day now, according to reports.
Residents earning between $30,000 and $75,000 can claim $500 or $600 thanks to a surplus in the state’s budget because of its tax system.
It comes as a fourth stimulus check could be on the cards as Americans are demanding extra cash in petitions.
President Joe Biden is yet to propose a fourth round of federal stimulus checks but calls remain persistent among growing sections of the American public.
More than 2.7million people have implored the White House to propose recurring checks worth up to $2,000 amid fears that the current amount is not enough.
A fourth stimulus check remains unlikely, despite calls for more help to be given to Americans still dealing with the financial impact of the pandemic.
Read our stimulus check live blog for the latest news and updates…
PEITION NEARS 3MILLION SIGNATURES
Nearly 3 million people signed a petition asking for lawmakers to push for a “$2000/month to every American” distribution. 
The petition puts the problem squarely on how the country hasn’t met the needs. 
It reads: “the recovery hasn’t reached many Americans” and calls out the need for recurring payments so that “we can keep our heads above water.”
In June, President Joe Biden would only say that he was “open to a range of ideas” for a fourth stimulus round.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki steered the focus for his administration on not supplying Americans with more cash but getting citizens back to work.
“But he’s also proposed what he thinks is going to be the most effective for the short term, for putting people back to work, to getting through this pivotal period of time, and also making us more competitive over the long term,” she said.
HOW TO APPLY FOR CHILD AND DEPENDENT CARE CREDIT
To qualify for the Child and Dependent Care Credit, designed to cover caretaking costs, you must fill out IRS Form 2441, prove that you have earned income from a job, and provide information about the care expenses that need to be covered.
FLORIDA GOVERNOR ON EXTRA CASH
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis called these checks being dispersed this month “a small token.”
He said: “I mean obviously, there’s much more that anyone wishes they could do, but we did think it was important to say ‘we thank you.’”
“First responders work every single day – no matter the conditions – to keep us safe.
“That was perhaps never more apparent than during the last year and a half during the pandemic. I am proud to deliver these checks to show our immense gratitude for their service.”
FLORIDA STIMULUS
In Florida, some educators and first responders are receiving federal stimulus money.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis requested in March for the legislature to put aside $216million from the ESSER to deliver $1,000 checks to principals and teachers.
Educators began receiving these bonuses in early August.
Checks of $1,000 bonuses were given to every law enforcement officer, EMT, firefighter, and paramedic in the state.
PETITION POWER
A study showed that the first three stimulus checks were vital to reducing issues like food insecurity and financial imbalance.
A Change.org petition has over 2.8million signatures urging for a fourth stimulus check of $2,000 for adults and $1,000 for children monthly for the rest of the pandemic.
The petition says that “the recovery hasn’t reached many Americans” and notes that immediate checks are needed with regular payments to “keep our heads above water.”
GOLDEN STATE STIMULUS
You will qualify for the payment if you made less than $75,000 last year and you’ve lived in California for most of the year. 
To qualify, no one should be able to claim you as a dependent and you must file your 2020 taxes before October 15 of this year.
If you meet the requirements, you’ll receive $600 plus another $500 to cover dependents you might have.
It’s important to note that if you got money in the first round of the Golden State Stimulus, you won’t receive a new check this time around. 
BACK TO WORK INCENTIVE
Some states are also offering extra support for other costs associated with going back to work.
Arizona, for example, will provide three months’ of childcare help for workers with kids who return to work after a period of unemployment.
To make your job application more competitive, it could also be worth looking for free online training courses to sharpen your skills and CV.
OKLAHOMA BONUS
For example, Oklahoma offered a bonus of up to $1,200 to the first 20,000 people who applied for it, while Connecticut gave up to $1,000.
Bonuses typically ranged from around $500 to $2,000 – but the eligibility criteria varied.
It’s worth checking if these bonuses are still available where you live.
WHEN DID STATES END THE EXTRA RELIEF?
Below we round up the states have have ended the benefits early.
Residents in the remaining states will be affected once the federal aid officially ends.
ARE YOU AFFECTED BY FEDERAL UNEMPLOYMENT CUT?
Three major Covid programs for unemployed Americans are coming to an end in less than a week.
Firstly, pandemic unemployment compensation (PUC) has provided an extra $300 a week in addition to full state benefits.
Secondly, pandemic unemployment assistance (PUA) extended eligibility to include self-employed and freelancers who usually didn’t qualify.
Thirdly, pandemic emergency unemployment compensation (PEUC) has provided help for those who are still without a job after exhausting their state benefits, which are typically paid for up to 26 weeks.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR GOLDEN STATE STIMULUS?
You will qualify for the payment if you made less than $75,000 last year and you’ve lived in California for most of the year. 
To qualify, no one should be able to claim you as a dependent and you must file your 2020 taxes before October 15 of this year.
If you meet the requirements, you’ll receive $600, plus another $500 if you have at least one dependent.
Two out of three Californians are expected to receive the extra stimulus check.
SUPPLEMENTAL PAYMENTS
According to Yahoo! Finance, California, Colorado, Maryland, and New Mexico have all sent additional stimulus checks to residents. Georgia, Michigan, Tennessee, and Texas all provided supplemental payments to teachers.
YOU CAN STILL APPLY FOR CHILD TAX CREDITS
Those Americans who didn’t receive the first two mid-month send-outs starting back on July 15 can apply for the federal cash by filling in key information at the IRS’ Child Tax Credit Update Portal
The most recent deadline to either apply or opt-out and receive a lump sum after December when the checks are expected to stop coming was on Monday.
Those families who didn’t meet the deadline can still put the brakes on future payments for the rest of 2021, by unenrolling three days before the first Thursday of October, according to Yahoo! Sport.
STATES THAT ENDED UNEMPLOYMENT AID EARLY
Some states, including Alaska, Missouri, Mississippi, Iowa, Idaho, Nebraska, North Dakota, West Virginia, and Wyoming already ended the additional relief earlier this summer.
CONNECTICUT BACK TO WORK PLAN
It comes as stimulus payments worth $1,000 are being sent out to Connecticut residents.
Applicants who qualify for the state-funded “Back to Work” plan will begin receiving the cash boost this week.
Eligible applicants coming off long-term unemployment will receive a $1,000 check after certifying eight weeks back in the workforce.
CONGRESS HAS TO APPROVE MORE CHECKS
The federal government has not announced plans to send a fourth round of stimulus checks.
In May, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said it was up to lawmakers in Congress to decide whether another round of checks would be introduced. 
Future stimulus payments would likely be funded by a corporate tax hike. Democrats support raising the current 21 percent corporate rate to 28 percent.
UNEMPLOYMENT AID ENDING
After 18 months, federal unemployment relief will officially come to an end on September 6.
All three of the extended benefits – the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) – will be ending.
The weekly benefits will return to normal rate for those who are eligible for Unemployment Compensation (UC) – but they will stop for everyone else.
It’s reported that more than 11 million people will be affected after the Labor Day weekend. 
WHO QUALIFIES FOR RENTERS STIMULUS?
The Treasury Emergency Rental Assistance program has made $46.55billion available to help renters struggling to pay rent or utilities following Covid.
To qualify for help, at least one member of your household must receive unemployment benefits.
Americans may also receive a stimulus boost if they can explain that Covid has directly caused a loss of income, making it difficult to pay rent.
Households will have to provide evidence that they are at risk of homelessness, but the support will cover both missed and future rent.
Funds are sent to states based on their size.
THE FTC ON PHYSICAL CHECK SCAMS
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said: “The IRS won’t tell you to deposit your stimulus check then send them money back because they paid you more than they owed you. That’s a fake check scam.
“These scams work because fake checks generally look just like real checks, even to bank employees. They are often printed with the names and addresses of legitimate financial institutions.
“They may even be real checks written on bank accounts that belong to identity theft victims. It can take weeks for a bank to figure out that the check is a fake,” the FTC explained.
“By law, banks have to make deposited funds available quickly, usually within two days. When the funds are made available in your account, the bank may say the check has ‘cleared,’ but that doesn’t mean it’s a good check.
“Fake checks can take weeks to be discovered and untangled. By that time, the scammer has any money you sent, and you’re stuck paying the money back to the bank.”
REPORTING SCAMS
The FTC advised anyone with suspicions of fake check scams and other financial swindles to report the matter to the FTC, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the state attorney general.
Other cons include phishing emails and texts “asking taxpayers to disclose bank account information” and fake stimulus check-related websites.
Scammers have also been targeting victims by phone, asking for an upfront fee to be granted access to payments or saying personal information needs to be verified.
TOOLS TO FIND UNCLAIMED CASH OWED TO YOU
The “Missing Money” tool doesn’t contain information for states including: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Oregon, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Wyoming.
But, the FindMyFunds page contains direct links to unclaimed property sites for each state.
Americans that are claiming money from the state should have their photo ID and Social Security number nearby.
It can take between 90 and 180 days for a claim to be processed – it just depends on the state.
HOW TO GET UNCLAIMED CASH FROM YOUR STATE
The process for Americans to claim their money is really easy, according to CNET.
Taxpayers should visit the Unclaimed.org website and click on their state on the map.
You will be asked to enter your personal information such as first name, surname, and the city in which you live.
There are several sites available to claim cash but Americans must be cautious as some apps do not include details for all states.
WHO QUALIFIES FOR CHILD TAX CREDIT?
Like the three stimulus checks that the government sent over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Child Tax Credit checks phase out for people who make more money.
Single parents or parents who file their taxes as single will qualify for the full checks if they make $75,000 or less.
If you make more than $75,000, the monthly check is reduced by $50 for every $1,000 over the cap and eventually phases out completely.
Married couples who file taxes jointly and earn up to $150,000 a year qualify for the full payments, and the same situation applies where the payments eventually phase out.
TIME TO LOOK INTO THE ISSUE
The IRS has said those who received the letter without the correct information regarding the time allowed to debate the error will be given more time to look into it.
“The IRS is doing the right thing and will be issuing a supplemental notice providing taxpayers additional time, 60 days from the issuance of the new notice, to request an abatement, which includes providing taxpayers the ability to provide information or documentation to support the RRC,” the blog adds.
IRS STATEMENT ON MATH ERROR
In a blog, they write: “[O]mission of this critical piece of information was beyond just bad customer service; it was a clear infringement of a taxpayer’s right to be informed and right to a fair and just tax system.”
Mark Luscombe, the principal analyst for Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting, said in April: “Anytime there is something new on the tax return it usually has an elevated error rate. 
“So the IRS may have a greater volume of erroneous tax returns than normal, and refunds are generally slowed when the IRS detects such errors.”

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