4th stimulus check update – $1,800 will be sent THIS MONTH after ‘surprise payments of $285 revealed in Nov... - The Sun

STRUGGLING Americans could receive a $1,800 boost by the end of this year.
It comes as 36 million families received the cash earlier this week as households recover from the economic damage wreaked by the Covid pandemic.
News of the $1,800 'stimulus' comes as some Americans can expect a "surprise" stimulus check of $285 ahead of the holidays.
In Maine, the bonus stimulus money will go out to more than 500,000 residents as a way to thank workers who kept essential businesses open during the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Maine's Department of Administrative and Financial Services began issuing those checks on November 15 and will continue sending them out through the end of the year.
Maine is not the only state that is sending out some extra cash ahead of the holidays this year, with California and Illinois also sending extra cash.
Read our stimulus check live blog for the latest news and updates…
UPDATE TO PETITION
Bonin added a recent update to her petition as it nears 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 restaraunt 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.”
CHANGE.ORG PETITION
More than 2.9 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.”
$8K SURPRISE STIMULUS
Families with kids under 13 could get a “surprise” stimulus payment of $8,000 in the form of a tax credit for childcare expenses.
The new adjustments to the Child and Dependent Care Credit for 2021 mean that working American families who hit certain requirements will pocket thousands in extra stimulus funds.
It covers childcare costs up to $8,000, as well as costs for looking after a spouse or parent who can not care for themselves.
This increases to $16,000 in expenses for families with two or more dependents.
These child care expenses include everything from daycare to after-school programs to nannies to day camp and more.
Previously, the maximum amount you could claim for multiple children before was $6,000.
GOV DESANTIS ON STIMULUS FOR FLORIDA EDUCATORS
Gov DeSantis asked for $216million of the third round of Education Stabilization Funds to go to teachers back in March in Florida.
The $1,000 bonus is being deposited in educators bank accounts – along with a poignant message of thanks from the governor, applauding their “devotion”.
It reads: “This past year came with challenges that required an extraordinary level of determination and perseverance.”
MULTIPLE STATES PROVIDE PAYMENTS FOR TEACHERS
Teachers are also receiving additional payments from state governments.
In Florida, teachers and school administrators are expected to receive a $1,000 payment. 
In Georgia and Tennessee, school staff can also expect a $1,000 check, and part-time teachers will get $500, and Michigan teachers received a $500 hazard pay bonus as well.
MANY STATES DID NOT OFFER RETURN TO WORK MONEY
Many states, including Idaho, Illinois, Florida, and Kansas, chose not to introduce a return-to-work incentive once the unemployment assistance scheme ended, Zip Recruiter reported.
MAINE OFFERED RETURN TO WORK CHECKS OVER THE SUMMER
Maine Governor Janet Mills offered employers a $1,500 payment for workers who start jobs between June 15 and June 30, or a $1,000 check for Americans who return to work in July.
She predicted that the cash could reach up to 7,500 people living in the state.
The program was open to Americans who received unemployment benefits ending May 29, accepted a full or part-time role that pays less than $25 an hour, and they must stay in the job for eight weeks.
KENTUCKY HAS RETURN TO WORK ‘STIMULUS’ SCHEME
Kentucky Gov Andy Beshear revealed in June that up to 15,000 residents in the state would be paid a $1,500 bonus if they returned to the workplace.
He said: “We want every Kentuckian working and participating as we sprint out of this pandemic with our economy booming.”
“We wanted the right solution – not a red state or blue state solution – to thread this needle right to energize our thriving economy while looking out for those still trying to emerge from this once-in-a-lifetime pandemic who desperately need help.”
“This is a step in the right direction for our people, our economy, and our employer.”
STIMULUS CHECKS FOR RETURNING TO WORK, PART TWO
Gov Ducey wanted to get as many Americans in the state to rejoin the workforce by Labor Day – September 6, KOLD 13 reports.
Introducing the scheme, he said: “With ample supplies of the COVID-19 vaccine on hand and millions of Arizonans vaccinated, people feel safer and are finally returning to life in Arizona as we knew and loved it before.”
“People are back in the office, restaurants are at full capacity and tourists are flocking to our state.”
STIMULUS CHECKS FOR RETURNING TO WORK
People in some states could receive an extra stimulus check worth up to $2,000 if they return to the workplace.
For instance, Republican Doug Ducey, of Arizona, proposed the Back to Work Plan in May.
Americans that landed a full-time job would receive a one-time stimulus check of $2,000 and there was a $1,000 cash payment for people who scored part-time positions.
UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES COULD MEAN NO MORE STIMULUS CHECKS
Last week, 199,000 unemployment claims were filed, which is the lowest figure since 1969 and way down on economists’ predictions of 260,000.
In an article for Fool, finance writer Maurie Backman said: “Granted the decision to send out stimulus checks won’t hinge on a single week’s worth of jobless data.”
“What’s more substantial is the fact that new unemployment claims have been falling steadily over the past number of months.”
“As long as the unemployment situation keeps trending in a positive direction, there’s no reason to expect another government stimulus anytime soon.”
Around 270,000 Americans submitted claims for unemployment insurance earlier in November.
END OF STIMULUS CHECK FEARS
Some Americans are worried they will not receive any more stimulus checks as the number of weekly jobless claims continues to fall.
Last week, 199,000 claims were filed – the lowest figure since 1969 and way down on economists’ predictions of 260,000.
Millions of Americans have signed petitions calling for $2,000 payments to be introduced but the White House has not proposed another round of checks.
Addressing President Biden, one Twitter user said: “@POTUS you know would help improve your approval ratings, a SURPRISE STIMULUS CHECK to help offset the higher cost of goods. $1500 – 2000 right after Thanksgiving.”
Another called for multiple checks for Americans earning less than $75,000 a year, and “hazard pay” for employees that worked throughout 2020.
PLUS-UP PAYMENTS MAY DEPEND ON INCOME THRESHOLD
Cassandra Kirby, a senior executive at wealth advisor Braun-Bostich & Associates in Pittsburgh, told the outlet: “Let’s say a married couple with one child had adjusted gross income of $165,000 in 2019, and because their income was more than $160,000, they are not eligible for any portion of the third payment.”
“However, in 2020, they had another child and their adjusted gross income dropped from $165,000 to $155,000.”
That’s because they would fall within the $150,000 to $160,000 threshold with an additional dependent and would be eligible for $2,800 in stimulus money.
DEADLINE FOR PLUS-UP STIMULUS PAYMENTS
Plus-up stimulus checks worth $1,400 could be coming to an end soon.
The latest round of IRS stimulus payments are set to finish on December 31, 2021.
The IRS is promising to pay out eligible recipients every week until the deadline, which was set in stone by Congress.
The checks are up to $1,400 per adult whose income dipped in 2020, while dependents also eligible for the same amount.
Plus-up payments are extra stimulus checks sent out to those who received a stimulus check based on their 2019 tax return or information received from the Social Security Administration.
According to US News, some tax-payers whose income was lower in 2020 than in 2019 are eligible.
JOE BIDEN UNDER PRESSURE TO AUTOMATE FUTURE STIMULUS
Months after Americans received their third economic stimulus check, President Joe Biden is under pressure to automate any future stimulus payments.
No vote would be necessary for payments to go out.
The payments would be triggered by financial indicators like rising unemployment rates.
The program would sidestep the political battles that have prevented President Biden from successfully issuing a fourth check.
WILL THERE BE A FOURTH FEDERAL STIMULUS CHECK?
The chances of a fourth federal stimulus payment are dimming.
“Right now, a fourth stimulus check from the federal government is unlikely,” Local12 reported.
But several states are doing their own versions of certain stimulus payments for all residents or certain workers like teachers.
FOOD STAMPS WILL INCREASE BENEFIT
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program [SNAP] increased its benefit by 25 percent on average starting in October.
It provides food-purchasing assistance for low and no income people.
Each state has a different application form, which can be found online.
Before the pandemic the SNAP payment was around $121 per person.
From October the average increase will be $36.24 per person per month.
It will be the first time SNAP has increased since 1975.
SUPPORT FOR MILITARY FAMILIES
Military families can get extra support when it comes to childcare costs.
Many childcare providers offer discounts for military service members, so it’s worth asking when you sign up.
Financial support is also available through a program managed by Child Care Aware of America.
Eligibility is determined by each branch of service or agency, so you’ll need to visit the website to find out the specific requirements.
CHEROKEE NATION SENDING CHECKS
The second-largest Native American tribe previously approved a special stimulus for its citizens, as lawmakers continue to debate the likelihood of a fourth stimulus check for all Americans.
The Cherokee Nation announced over the summer that its citizens will receive two $1,000 stimulus checks over a two-year period.
This funding comes mainly from Biden’s American Rescue Plan, which gave states the freedom to spend their sums as they wish.
LOUISIANA STIMULUS, PART TWO
The New Orleans program, in partnership with Mastercard, Mobility Capital Finance (MoCaFi), specifically looks to tackle the racial and wealth gap issue.
The direct payments will be provided by Mobility Capital Finance via a loaded ATM card.
Along with the age requirement, the funds will go out to those who are either unemployed or not in school.
“My administration continues to identify innovative ways to serve and empower our residents and will make sure that the unbanked are banked and have access to financial education and other resources so that they can attend to basic needs and continue to invest in themselves,” New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell informed The Sun.
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