Stimulus check latest updates – New California stimulus check announced as calls grow for another payment in May 2021

MILLIONS of Americans have joined the call for monthly stimulus checks until the Covid-19 pandemic is over.

Over 2.1million people have signed a Change.org petition demanding Congress support families with $2,000 a month for adults and an additional $1,000 for kids through the duration of the pandemic.

This comes as California Governor Gavin Newsom said his state will send stimulus checks to two-thirds of its residents in an expansion of the “Golden State Stimulus” plan.

The expansion means qualifying residents will receive a one-time stimulus payment of $600 or $1,200, and families with children will receive another $500.

The Golden State plan was announced earlier this year, but the expansion was announced on Monday.

The move comes as Americans wait to see if a fourth round of stimulus payments could potentially be included in President Joe Biden's next coronavirus relief package.

Biden is currently working on two stimulus proposals, which currently focus on creating jobs and supporting families respectively, and do not include another stimulus payment at the moment.

However, many are hopeful that additional stimulus checks and student loan forgiveness will also make the cut.

Read our stimulus live blog for the latest on Covid relief money…

  • Jocelyn Cook

    HOW MUCH LONGER CAN STIMULUS PAYMENTS GO OUT?

    While many Americans are wondering if there will be a fourth stimulus package, some people are still receiving their third round of payments.

    The stimulus law means that checks can be sent right up until December 2021.

    So if you haven't yet received yours, use the Get My Payment tool from the IRS to track it down before it's too late.

  • John Hall

    SEARCHES FOR FOURTH STIMULUS CHECK INFO ROSE AFTER BIDEN ADDRESS TO CONGRESS

    After President Joe Biden gave his joint address to Congress on April 28, searches for information about another stimulus check went up.

    During his speech marking his first 100 days in office, Google searches for "fourth stimulus" checks jumped.

    Searches for "Biden fourth stimulus" and "Biden fourth stimulus check" increased 250 percent as Biden delivered his first address, Newsweek reported.

    The White House has not yet signaled support for additional stimulus checks.

  • Nicole Darrah

    PARENTS COULD BE SENT STIMULUS EVERY MONTH

    Parents of kids under 13 may be receiving $1,000 stimulus checks per month if Congress moves forward with a new annual tax cut.

    As families across the country wait to see if Congress will send out another stimulus check, some lawmakers are floating their own versions of family relief.

    Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri suggested creating a Parent Tax Credit that would grant a tax cut up to $12,000 per year. He said he hopes the potential law would help young working people start families.

  • John Hall

    BIDEN TOUTED STIMULUS CHECKS IN ADDRESS TO CONGRESS

    Although he does not seem to support sending out another stimulus payment, President Joe Biden praised the previous payments in his recent address to Congress.

    "We kept our commitment, Democrats and Republicans, of sending $1,400 rescue checks to 85 percent of American households," Biden said during his address.

    "We've already sent more than 160 million checks out the door. It's making a difference. You all know it when you go home. For many people, it's making all the difference in the world."

  • Nicole Darrah

    HOW TO TRACK YOUR CHECK

    The IRS just sent out another 1.1million stimulus checks – totaling more than $2billion – via mail and direct deposit, and the government promises that there’s more money coming.

    If you’re not sure where to find your upcoming stimulus check, the IRS has a handy Get My Payment tool that you can use to track your money.

  • Nicole Darrah

    STIMULUS MONEY FOR INTERNET AND A NEW COMPUTER

    Americans feeling the pinch will soon be able to their hands on stimulus cash to help pay for internet bills and a computer.

    The program is just days away from accepting applications, which will give families hampered by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic a monthly discount on their web costs.

    The helping hand – which was rubber stamped by Congress in December as part of ex-President Donald Trump's last stimulus package – will also let people get a discount on a new PC.

    The Federal Communications Commission is running the Emergency Broadband Benefit program, aimed at making sure families don't lose internet access as they grapple with bills.

    The agency will be working with broadband providers to offer up to $50 off internet services plus associated equipment rentals a month or a discount capped at $75 a month on broadband service if your home is on qualifying tribal lands.

    People will also be able to apply for up to $100 off a laptop, tablet or desktop computer.

  • Nicole Darrah

    FOURTH CHECK IN DOUBT?

    The fight for a fourth round of stimulus checks looks tougher than ever as cash support from the government dries up.

    Payments totaling more than $2billion hit bank accounts across the US last week as the IRS sent out a further 1.1million payments as part of Joe Biden's Covid relief package.

    But, to date, that's the smallest amount handed out since the third round of checks started going out on March 12.

    As the cash dwindles it is further casting doubt over the likelihood of a fourth round happening to help cash-strapped Americans.

    It comes as hope continues to grow that Congress will approve another lot of stimulus checks as part of the President's next stimulus package.

    More than 75 lawmakers now support a further round of stimulus checks, possibly with recurring monthly payments until the end of the pandemic.

  • Nicole Darrah

    WHY YOU SHOULDN'T CALL THE IRS ABOUT MISSING STIMULUS PAYMENT

    It's recommended that people having issues with their payment do not try to contact the Internal Revenue Service as there are other ways to resolve problems.

    The IRS website states: "Our phone assistors don't have information beyond what's available on IRS.gov."

    Americans should check the IRS Get My Payment tool – especially if you need to find out where your cash is.

    You will be asked for your Social Security number, date of birth, address, and ZIP code.

    It does not allow users to add direct deposit information meaning checks may have been bounced back if sent to closed accounts.

  • Nicole Darrah

    MORE $1,400 STIMULUS CHECKS SENT OUT THIS WEEK

    Another batch of payments is expected to be released this week with more $1,400 stimulus checks and bonus payments being underway.

    The IRS is likely to issue one to three million $1,400 coronavirus stimulus checks after the last round was issued last week.

    Another 1.1million stimulus checks – totaling more than $2billion – were sent via mail and direct deposit on May 5.

  • Nicole Darrah

    CONGRESS SET TO DECIDE ON MORE CHECKS

    Congress will decide whether or not to send hard-hit Americans more stimulus checks this year, the White House says.

    Last week, Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that more relief payments would be an expensive measure for the federal government.

    "We'll see what members of Congress propose, but those are not free," she said, touting the overhauled child tax credit in Biden's stimulus plan.

    Biden's $1.8trillion economic plan stipulates that child allowance will continue through 2025.

    Psaki continued: "If passed, the families of tens of millions of children will continue to get regular payments.

    "Obviously, we're continuing to evaluate what their needs are — to continue to get the pandemic under control, put people back to work, but we think that's a proposal with a long-term benefit."

  • Nicole Darrah

    BIDEN'S WARNING TO AMERICANS ON UNEMPLOYMENT

    President Joe Biden has warned that anyone receiving unemployment who is offered a "reasonable job" must take it or face losing their benefit payments.

    Speaking from the White House on Monday, Biden's remarks follow on from a disappointing jobs report released on Friday which found the US economy added just 260,000 jobs in April – far less than the million projected.

    "We're going to make it clear that anyone collecting unemployment, who is offered a suitable job must take the job or lose their unemployment benefits," Biden said.

  • Nicole Darrah

    IF YOU FILED YOUR TAXES EARLY THIS YEAR…

    Early tax filers may be rewarded with with extra cash in the form of a "bonus check" or "plus-up payment" in the coming weeks.

    According to the IRS, Americans who received a stimulus check based on their 2019 tax returns might be eligible for more money once their 2020 return has been processed.

    The additional "plus-up payments" will be sent to those whose economic situations changed between 2019 and 2020.

    If their newest tax filing shows a drop in annual income or a new child or dependent, then more money could be on the way.

  • Nicole Darrah

    CALIFORNIA'S STIMULUS CHECKS WILL BENEFIT 2/3 OF STATE RESIDENTS

    Governor Gavin Newsom said this week the expanded stimulus checks program will benefit a bulk of the Golden State.

    The Golden State Stimulus plan was announced earlier this year, but the governor announced on Monday that it would be expanding to help more Californians.

    Those who qualify will get a one-time stimulus payment of either $600 or $1,200, and families with kids can expect another $500.

    "We're announcing a $12billion tax rebate to the people of the state of California earning up to $75,000," Newsom said during a Monday press conference.

  • Nicole Darrah

    KEEP YOUR STIMULUS LETTER FROM BIDEN

    Joe Biden has told Americans how to track their $1,400 stimulus check using the IRS tool in a letter that you must keep.

    The letter was sent out to Americans that have received a third stimulus check, last month.

    This letter, also called Notice- 1444-C, acts as proof of the IRS sending a payment, in case there are any issues with receiving the correct amount.

    If money is missing from your first two stimulus checks, you can claim this on your 2020 taxes and recieve this plus-up payment.

  • Nicole Darrah

    CALIFORNIA FAMILIES TO GET EXTRA $500 UNDER NEW PLAN

    Low-income Californian families are likely to receive an extra $500 payment under Gavin Newsom’s new bumper stimulus package.

    The measure is part of the Governor's $100billion California Comeback Plan – a series of economic proposals designed to speed up the state's recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Golden State stimulus checks will be expanded under the proposals meaning two-thirds of Californians will be eligible to receive increased payments of $600.

    And, households earning up to $75,000 with at least one child can expect to receive an extra $500.

  • Nicole Darrah

    OVER $2BILLION IN STIMULUS CHECKS ARE UNCLAIMED

    More than 46,000 stimulus checks are uncashed or unclaimed in Michigan, according to one recent report from the area.

    In some cases, checks were sent to deceased individuals. In others, checks were sent to people who no longer lived at the listed address.

    But Michigan is not the only state with uncashed or unclaimed stimulus checks floating around.

    Another report suggests that more than 1.25million total checks — with a collective value of $2.1billion — are still floating around unclaimed nationwide.

  • Nicole Darrah

    MILLIONS OF AMERICANS CALL FOR MONTHLY CHECKS

    Millions of Americans have signed petitions calling on Joe Biden to introduce monthly stimulus checks worth up to $2,000 for adults and $1,000 for children until the Covid-19 pandemic ends.

    The Change.org petition pushing for more Covid relief money was started last year by restaurant owner Stephanie Bonin.

    Bonin, of Denver, wrote: "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."

    She continued: "Congress needs to make sure that we won't be financially ruined for doing our part to keep the country healthy."

    The petition has surpassed two million signatures and is continuing to grow quickly.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    LAWMAKERS SENT A LETTER TO BIDEN URGING MORE STIMULUS CHECKS

    In a January letter, 74 congressional lawmakers pushed for recurring checks to be sent out to Americans until the end of the pandemic.

    "One more check is not enough," the group wrote in a letter to President Joe Biden.

    "Another one-time round of checks would provide a temporary timeline, but when that money runs out, families will once again struggle to pay for basic necessities."

  • Jocelyn Cook

    WHEN TO EXPECT ANOTHER STIMULUS CHECK

    After receiving a first, second, and third stimulus check, some Americans might be hoping for a fourth relief payment.

    However, both Congress and the Biden administration have not passed bills for fourth stimulus checks.

    Some lawmakers think there should be recurring checks until the end of the Covid-19 crisis, but the White House has not signaled support for such a plan.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    SEARCHES FOR FOURTH STIMULUS CHECK INFO ROSE AFTER BIDEN ADDRESS TO CONGRESS

    After President Joe Biden gave his joint address to Congress on April 28, searches for information about another stimulus check went up.

    During his speech marking his first 100 days in office, Google searches for "fourth stimulus" checks jumped.

    Searches for "Biden fourth stimulus" and "Biden fourth stimulus check" increased 250 percent as Biden delivered his first address, Newsweek reported.

    The White House has not yet signaled support for additional stimulus checks.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    BIDEN TOUTED STIMULUS CHECKS IN ADDRESS TO CONGRESS

    Although he does not seem to support sending out another stimulus payment, President Joe Biden praised the previous payments in his recent address to Congress.

    "We kept our commitment, Democrats and Republicans, of sending $1,400 rescue checks to 85 percent of American households," Biden said during his address.

    "We've already sent more than 160 million checks out the door. It's making a difference. You all know it when you go home. For many people, it's making all the difference in the world."

  • Jocelyn Cook

    TRUMP THINKS STIMULUS CHECKS SHOULD STOP BEING SENT OUT

    Former President Donald Trump has called to stop sending stimulus checks as businesses "can't get people to work when they have extra cash."

    "The stimulus is making it so that people won't work," Trump claimed in an interview on Thursday.

    "Businesses cannot get people to work."

  • Jocelyn Cook

    WHAT IS THE GOLDEN STATE STIMULUS?

    Some Californians will see additional stimulus money on top of the federal stimulus payments from the Trump and Biden administrations.

    Under Gavin Newsom’s new bumper stimulus package, or the Golden State Stimulus, some families in that state stand to receive an extra $500 payment.

    The measure is part of the Governor's $100 billion California Comeback Plan.

    Golden State stimulus checks will be expanded under the proposals and two-thirds of Californians will be eligible to receive increased payments.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    WHAT WERE ALL THE STIMULUS CHECK AMOUNTS?

    Some Americans are still awaiting their third stimulus payment, which can total $1,400.

    That's in addition to two previous relief payments that went out under the Trump administration.

    Those payments were for $1,200 and then $600 and went to millions of Americans.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    WHAT ARE SUPPLEMENTAL STIMULUS PAYMENTS? SOME AMERICANS SHOULD EXPECT THEM

    Some "plus-up" and supplemental stimulus payments are still going out —last batch included more than five hundred seventy thousand of them and more are expected soon.

    But what exactly are these supplemental payments?

    The IRS has stated that these supplemental funds are "for people who earlier in March received payments based on their 2019 tax returns but are eligible for a new or larger payment based on their recently processed 2020 tax returns."

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