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‘Vaccine Helps’: Northwest Wisconsin Man Shares Before, After Vaccination Experience

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While cleaning his house around a month back, Northwest Wisconsin native Blake Melin felt something familiar. He had lost his sense of smell.

“I was cleaning the floor when all of a sudden I couldn’t smell anything. I ran to the kitchen and tried smelling the coffee but I couldn’t,” Melin said. He got himself tested and the report confirmed his worst fear. He was COVID-19 positive.

Melin was in familiar territory. He got the virus in November 2020, before he received the COVID-19 vaccine jab.

Vaccines Make A Difference

But he was thankful that he took the vaccine as he started feeling the difference it made. “The first time I had it the symptoms made me suffer a lot for a whole week before I felt some relief. This time around, symptoms lasted just 24 hours thanks to the jab,” he said.

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Out of the 3.1 million Minnesotans who have received the vaccine about 33,000 have tested positive for COVID-19.

Out of this small percentage, the death rate has been much lower with only 185 vaccinated people dying after contracting the disease.

Vaccine Prevents Deaths

Experts say that people do get COVID after getting inoculated and they even transmit the disease. But getting the shot helps in warding off serious illness, hospitalization, and even death.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the likelihood of the vaccinated dying is reduced by 10 times compared to the unvaccinated.

It also helps reduce pressure on hospitals and the staff who have been overwhelmed by COVID patients as vaccinated don’t get severe illness and as a result, don’t require hospitalization.

The latest CDC guidelines call for all Americans who are still not vaccinated to get their shots, adding that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.

Meanwhile, the CDC has also released a list of countries Americans should avoid because of a high number of COVID-19 cases. The countries raised to level 4 are Barbados, Austria, Armenia, Croatia, Latvia, and New Caledonia. These join countries like the United Kingdom, Greece, Belize, Aruba, and Jamaica which are among 80 countries travelers are advised not to travel to.

The countries for which the CDC has lowered alert are France, Portugal, Iceland, Argentina, Morocco, South Africa, Lesotho, and Nepal.

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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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