While most of the COVID-19 relief stimulus checks provided by the federal government to individuals have been disbursed through 2020 and 2021. But they will continue to affect our finances in 2022.
The Economic Impact Payment, or Third Stimulus Check, under the US Bailout Act of 2021 provided multiple support to US citizens as the pandemic continued to rage for the second year.
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Along with the third stimulus check were the changes to unemployment insurance, the suspension of federal student loans, and the enhanced child tax credit that went from $2,000 a year to between $3,000 and $3,600 maximum depending on the age of the child, were all part of the relief measures announced by the federal government last year. Other than the loan break, none of the other measures are in effect in 2022.
Cryptocurrency market crash contributed to crisis
More than a decade ago, the first cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, burst onto the horizon, and despite this month’s crash, $1,000 invested was still worth more than $350 million at the time. currently, compared to $625 million. The crash came at a particularly difficult time as the US economy continued to rattle high inflation.
While the direct crash was attributed to the crash of the stablecoin Terra, as it lost its peg to the USD. But the ultimate causes were more complex and numerous. This included rising interest rates and inflation that destabilized financial markets overall and as tech stocks became more volatile.
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Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are down to half of what they were in fall 2021.
With the federal government shifting spending from stimulus checks to infrastructure, most states have picked up the slack and come up with their own stimulus proposals in 2022.
Most states have yet to embark on their legislative measures and are only focusing on the proposal states. Given the deep chasm that currently exists between Democrats and Republicans, getting any piece of legislation through is sure to be a Herculean task.
But some states have already gone ahead and signed the bill allowing stimulus checks to their residents. Each state has developed packages that vary in amount and who will be covered.
Many states have already passed laws to give residents stimulus checks
California was the first to start with stimulus checks. He gave two stimulus checks, Golden State Stimulus I and II for a total expenditure of more than $9 billion. This was revealed by a press announcement from Governor Gavin Newsom.
The governor’s office also revealed that the administration would send $400 to each vehicle owner with an $800 limit to offset rising gas prices.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has just approved and signed into law a stimulus check for state residents as a tax refund. While individual taxpayers would receive a one-time stimulus check worth $250, married couples filing jointly would receive double that amount, while heads of households would receive $375.
Governor David Ige of Hawaii originally offered a $100 check refund to all taxpayers and their dependents. But months later, the Hawaiian legislature passed a bill that grants a $300 stimulus check to taxpayers earning less than $100,000 while those earning above would receive $100.
This bill will only need the support of the Governor, who has expressed support for the bill in the past.
Idaho residents will receive a tax refund and direct deposits, which is expected to be the larger of 12% of tax returns for 2020 or $75.
Illinois ruling Democratic members have proposed a statewide stimulus check that is expected to be received by September. This stimulus payment is expected to be $100 for individuals while each dependent would receive $50. Each household is also eligible for a stimulus payment of $300 in property tax.
The proposal will also cover the issue of freezing further tax increases and to that end, taxes on gas and groceries could be frozen for 6 months while school supplies could see a tax freeze for a brief period of 10 days in August.
Maine Governor Janet Mills has planned to send a one-time $850 stimulus check to residents earning less than $100,000. This was revealed in a press release from the governor’s office, which further stated that this money was being paid from the state’s $682 million surplus budget.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has suggested a $500 stimulus check for low-income people. Residents must have filed their recent tax return using a tax ID number and not their social security number. This is part of an effort by the New Jersey administration to accommodate undocumented immigrants.
More than 100,000 New Jersey residents will be eligible for state aid, figures released by the state Treasury Department showed.
Single filers in the state of New Mexico will receive a stimulus check worth $250 if their annual incomes fall below $75,000. For joint filers, the corresponding figure is $150,000 and they will receive a stimulus payment of $500.
The state will also provide other relief, including a $1,000 credit for full-time hospital nurses and a $175 refundable child tax credit.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul has offered a property tax rebate of between $425 and $970 for low- and middle-income households in the state. This was revealed in a recent press release about tax breaks for New York residents.
The state has also bolstered its plans to provide tax breaks to business owners and will also reduce gasoline taxes.
The Virginia Legislature has proposed a one-time payment of $300 to all Virginia taxpayers.
The Legislature is also working on two separate bills that seek to suspend the state’s gasoline tax for one year and suspend or eliminate the state’s grocery tax altogether.
Many economists have argued that putting money directly into people’s pockets played a big role in the sudden rise in the inflation rate. With more than $20 billion in additional funds flowing through the economy, inflation was 7.5% higher in January 2022 than a year ago.
While the stimulus check and stimulus bills were necessary for a state to prevent an economic downfall, the flow of more money into people’s hands to spend on the same services and goods has caused prices to rise. to stop the request.