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Fully Vaccinated Teacher, Junior Student In Texas Succumb To COVID-19

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As the deadly Delta variant of the coronavirus fast loses steam across the state of Texas, two deaths last week show that it will not vanish without causing more misery.

A fully vaccinated teacher, Eroletta Piascyk, at Christa McAuliffe Learning Center, and Sha’Niyah “Nienie” McGee, a junior student at Berkner High School, succumbed to the disease, officials from the Richardson Independent School District announced Monday, Daily Fort Worth reported.

Teacher Also Received A Booster Shot

According to Fox 4, Eroletta, who was a teacher for over 20 years, was following all health recommendations pertaining to COVID-19 and she even received her third shot, a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

RISD Superintendent Dr. Jeannie Stone said the teacher was admitted to the hospital and was expected to recover but her passing away came as a huge shock.

Richardson ISD issued a statement saying both Eroletta and Nienie were cherished members of the RISD family and they will be remembered and missed by their fellow teachers and classmates.

Described as being “kind and respectful”, McGee’s vaccination status isn’t known but she wasn’t attending school for a number of weeks before she passed away. She is the first student in the Dallas area to have died of COVID-19.

The RISD board of education held a meeting on Monday night and held a moment of silence for the two.

Masks Or No Masks

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Following the tragedies, a debate has once again started at Richardson ISD about measures needed to be taken against transmission of COVID-19, especially mask mandate. But parents still haven’t reached a consensus on whether mask mandate is the way forward or not.

According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 5,226 breakthrough COVID-19 deaths were reported in the United States as of Sept. 27. Of the total number of deaths, 44% occurred in females, 86% in people aged 65 and older, and 17% in people who did not show symptoms or whose deaths were not related to COVID-19.

The data also states that more than 16,000 fully vaccinated Americans have been hospitalized with COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. As of now, infection rates across the United States have been going down since mid-September. The country has been reporting an average of 105,054 new COVID-19 infections daily over the past week.

The United States has so far recorded 43,947,979 COVID-19 cases and 705,190 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

 

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Many US Residents Migrated From The High-Tax States During The Pandemic

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Rising living costs and increased inflation forced US residents to leave their homes and settle in low-cost areas. The individuals moved to states with low-income tax rates; many decided to shift for professional reasons. Yahoo Money reports that states with high-income tax witnessed a decrease in population in the past several months. Low tax states such as Florida, Texas, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Nevada, and Tennessee have recorded the most significant surge in population recently. Families can adjust their monthly budget in cheap areas and have a broader scope for financial growth.

Many US Residents Migrated From The High-Tax States During The Pandemic

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People Move Because Of Several Factors

Yahoo Money quoted Jared Walczak, vice president of state projects with the Center for State Tax Policy at the Tax Foundation; he said, “People move to states with low-income tax for a multitude of reasons, sometimes it’s the most direct and obvious reason that it reduces the tax liability. Especially now that people have more capacity to move where they want, that will be a higher priority for some. There are also second-order effects, states with lower tax burdens and with more pro-growth and higher economic opportunity- and people will move to seek out those things even beyond their tax burdens.”

Low Tax States Present Higher Financial Security

Several US citizens can now efficiently manage their expenses and enhance their lifestyle after moving to new places. The migration has increased inflation in the low-tax areas. However, the living costs are still meager compared to their home states despite the price rise. Yahoo Money quoted Ramona Cedeno, CPA and founder of FiBrick; she said, “I’m one of the people that’s trying to leave New York City to minimize tax burdens. Just up north of New York in the county of Westchester. New York can also be expensive. Before COVID, we stayed in these high-tax states because there was another reason too. My office was based in New York City, and I had clients in California, which required me to be there physically; now that we can work remotely, you don’t have to see clients all the time. You can live anywhere.”

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California Workers Could Get Up To 2 Weeks Of Paid Time Off If They Or Their Family Members Are Covid Positive

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Some respite for workers in California who are battling economic woes during another wave of Omicron Covid surge. California workers could be getting two weeks of paid time off if they get sick from COVID reports abc7.com.

California State had put in place a similar law last year. However, it expired in September after the COVID-19 situation stabilized and the spread of the virus slowed considerably.

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Businesses would get up to $6 billion in tax cuts and other assistance

California workers will get up to two weeks of paid time off if they get sick from the coronavirus. In the same way, businesses would get up to $6 billion in tax cuts and other assistance. The above measures are a part of a proposal endorsed on Tuesday by Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state’s top legislative leaders.

The new law had to be proposed after spreading a more viral and contagious form of the virus, the Omicron variant, which spread like wildfire in California State. Significant donors to Democratic politicians in California, labour unions have pressured state officials to bring the paid sick leave law back.

California Business Groups oppose the latest proposals.

However, the latest move to provide extra sick leave has been opposed by Business Groups as many industries are already struggling to retain workers during the pandemic. Last year businesses could avail themselves of the federal tax credit, which helped provide some relief. However, Tax Credit is not available this year.

However, Newsom and legislative leaders have agreed to end some tax increases on businesses. The taxes were imposed in 2020 when state officials feared that the pandemic could precipitate a significant budget deficit. Instead, state revenues have soared during the pandemic. The taxes were supposed to end at the end of 2022.

However, state officials have decided to end it Newsom, and legislative leaders have agreed to end them one year early. Additionally, more money will be spent on a state grant program for businesses and not charge state taxes on some federal grants. It all adds up to about $6 billion for businesses.

Proposals must have the support of Democrats in California State Chambers.

The proposals were declared by Newsom and the state’s top two legislative leaders: Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon on Tuesday. However, Democrats hold large majorities in both chambers, and it would also require their support for the approval of the projects.

The proposal envisages workers getting one week of paid time off if their family members test positive for the virus. The companies will have to provide the coronavirus test and pay for it. Workers who don’t undergo these tests refuse to be tested will be barred from the scheme.

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Child Tax Credit And Stimulus Checks Create Confusion For Tax-Filing

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Families To Get $300 Child Tax Credit Boost In Time For Thanksgiving – See If You're Eligible  

Confusing and long tax season, the tax preparers seem to be bracing it. It is due to the child tax credits and the stimulus checks received by Americans in 2021. The stimulus amount and the credits were not received by many. However, many families were entitled to it, and so they can claim it this year.

US Mothers Are Eligible For $1,000 Monthly Payments: Check Details.

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Are there any rising questions from the public?

According to tax accountants, they are receiving many questions regarding CTC. Many families received it like a tax refund, six months early.

The Certified Public Accountant, Roy Mitchell, said the families who didn’t receive CTC can claim now. He says now is the time for claiming the amount of $3600 (up to) for every child, as per information provided by the Seattle Times.

Anyone can claim the stimulus check, which is missing as of now.

A lot of confusion is faced by the office of Roy Mitchell. It is from the people who are missing some amount of money and those who are not.

Smaller tax refunds confusion

Mitchell expects to hear from taxpayers who wonder why the refund is less than the previous year. It is because CTC was the advance on money that they used to receive at the time of filing. It is $1000 less this time.

The stimulus check of last year wouldn’t impact any refunds.

Check the mail for IRS letter

As per Mitchell, any parent having a child below 18 years of age should wait for filing until they receive the IRS letter. This letter will explain the amount received and the family’s own.
Anyone still confused about it all can talk with the tax pro. A talk with someone knowledgeable will help to get the money. They will also help to get 2021’s missing credit so that one doesn’t remain in vain of it, as per NBC4.

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