The Omicron variant of COVID is surging, and there are renewed calls for another tranche for relief in the form of stimulus checks for the beleaguered Americans. A major petition on Change.org has been asking for $2,000 monthly payments for adults and $1,000 per child since last year. The petition has already obtained 3 million signatures with a new goal of 4.5 million names reports usatoday.com.
Established by Stephanie Bonin, a Denver restaurant owner who said the money was needed as the country was “deeply struggling.”
Bonin feels that the figures being reeled out are all fictitious. The actual unemployment rate for low-wage workers is estimated at over 20%. In addition, a large section of the American population is burdened by debts. Bonin added that Congress must learn from the past. Congress took a full nine months for Congress to send a second stimulus check. Therefore Congress must fast forward periodic checks automatically if certain conditions are met.
Are three rounds of direct stimulus checks enough?
The US Government had doled out three rounds of direct stimulus checks: $1,200 in March 2020, $600 in December 2020 and $1,400 in March 2021. In addition, the augmented child tax credit provided up to $300 a month. However, that expired in December 2021. Congress is in no mood to approve another round of payments. But, of course, the stalled Build Back Better act offers some hope.
Will Build Back Better plan se the light of day?
However, the BBB plan of Biden is more focused on improving the long-neglected infrastructure modernization. However, the plan has hit a roadblock and has failed to clear the senate. The argument propounded by critics has been that stimulus checks precipitate inflation, and the BBB plan will lead to an even worse bout of inflation.
The start of 2022 saw the cost of living surging and inflation reaching record levels. Could that mean more stimulus checks? The average American was hoping to receive a fourth stimulus check in their bank accounts by the end of 2021. With the current Omicron, the surge is there a possibility of a fourth
At present, there are no indications that lawmakers are looking to send out another stimulus check. However, it is impossible to negate the possibility considering the current situation. So let us hope for the best.
Only 28% Of Americans View Economic Conditions Of Their Country As Excellent
The American economy has experienced much turmoil during the COVID-19 pandemic. Indeed, according to the Motley Fool, the United States of America’s economy has come a long way since the beginning of the pandemic.
Of course, the pandemic sore the unemployment level in the year 2020 reaching a record high. In addition to this, finding work during this period has been extremely difficult. As such, the federal government issued various stimulus and COVID relief payments and credits and unemployment benefits to combat the effects of the pandemic.
The State Of U.S. Economy
Currently, the American economy is has a 7.5% inflation rate or consumer price index. This has surpassed the 40-year record high since 1982, that is, since last month. However, besides this – the unemployment rate has decreased, and it seems the United States of America is ‘getting back to work,’ and their country’s economy is starting to recover. However – a recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center showed that 28% of participants viewed the country’s economic conditions as good or excellent.
Why Such Economic Pessimism
It seems the supper high inflation rate leads most Americans to have such a negative view of their economy. Indeed close to 90% of participants viewed food and gas prices as higher than last year, 89 and 88 82 percent respectively.
Is Inflation Always Bad?
However, some economists argue that inflation, is at times, a sign of a healthy economy and does not always have to be viewed in a negative light. This is easier said than done though, with living costs increasing – consumers can feel the pinch in their budgets.
The argument, however, is that supply and demand determine the unit price. So if there is an increased demand – and supply does not necessarily change – unit price must increase. This means consumer price index increases or inflation. So an increase in demand could show people are buying more, and this might at least be the signs of a recovering – or active economy.
When supply chain issues are fixed – inflation should decrease. Furthermore, since December last year, unemployment is the lowest it has been since the start of the pandemic. So perhaps such an opposing economic viewpoint – can be replaced, which is realistic, in this light.
Experts Predict Long Payment Delays From IRS This Season, Provide Few Tips To Speed Up The Process
The IRS faces an enormous backlog due to staff shortages amidst the pandemic, it has recruited new officials, but the challenge remains tough. IRS is yet to process millions of tax returns of last season. The IRS officials are crushed under a ton of paperwork; millions of taxpayers will file their returns this year. The authorities will need to devise a compact strategy to overcome the backlog. CNBC reports that IRS had 6 million unprocessed returns by December 31, this is large numbers, and 2021’s tax returns might take some time.
IRS Workers Are Sparse
Experts suggest various ways to slim the time lag between filing the returns and receiving the payments. CNBC reports that the IRS only had 15,000 workers to answer around 24 million customer calls during the first six months of 2021, one person for 16,000 customers. Experts suggest taxpayers avoid the paperwork to the maximum extent; filers can switch electronic modes to fast forward the documentation. Taxpayers need to use advanced features to process tax refunds and other pending payments quickly. The electronic method will ease the burden on IRS officials during data verification.
Taxpayers Should File Electronic Tax Returns
IRS quoted Erin Collins, the National Taxpayer Advocate; she said, “Paper is the IRS’s kryptonite, and the agency is buried in it. The IRS still transcribes paper returns line by line, number by number, they received around 17 million original paper returns last year, and the processing delays have run as long as 10 months.” The taxpayers need to recheck their tax returns thoroughly; the wrong information might lead to payment abortion and several lengthy delays. The officials, too, will have to go through the same twice or thrice, which makes the process more complicated.
The families who receive enhanced Child Tax Credit or Stimulus payments or both need to exercise extra caution while filing their returns; the IRS issued letters to provide data for the amount allocated. The beneficiaries for the remaining half of the Child Tax Credit payments or extra credit should give complete information in their tax returns. IRS has announced April 18 as the deadline; individuals need to complete the filing process before the date.
Taxpayers Receive Notice CP80 From The IRS: Know Why
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has started processing 2021 tax returns. Taxpayers need to file their tax returns before April 18. IRS faces an enormous backlog of 2020 tax returns; several individuals have received CP80 notices despite submitting their tax returns.
Market Realist reports that IRS has 6 million unprocessed returns at present. The issuance of CP80 notes has created chaos amongst taxpayers, and they are worried about their refunds. IRS professionals will face severe difficulties due to the increased workload; taxpayers will likely witness a payment delay this year.
Several Taxpayers Will Have To Refile Their Tax Returns
Market Realist quoted an IRS statement; it said, “6 million unprocessed original individual returns (Forms 1040), 2.3 million unprocessed amended individual returns (Forms 1040-X), more than 2 million unprocessed employer’s quarterly tax returns (Forms 941 and 941-X), and about 5 million pieces of taxpayer correspondence.” The reports suggest a delay in 77 percent of the filed returns this year. The CP80 recipients will need to refile their tax returns. However, individuals with accurate tax returns need not worry as IRS will nullify those notices.
IRS Has A Long List Of Unprocessed Returns
Market Realist quoted IRS, “We credited payments and credits to your tax account for the tax period shown on your notice. However, we haven’t received your return.” The taxpayers need to check with IRS authorities to receive personal details and seek assistance. Most individuals with accurate tax returns will not need to refile but expect payment delays.
The IRS faces severe staff shortages amidst the pandemic. The situation worsened after winter’s Omicron wave. The taxpayers will need to provide accurate and updated tax information to receive eligible benefits without any unprecedented halt. Millions of families received stimulus checks and enhanced Child Tax Credit payments in 2021.
The remaining half of the enhanced CTC payments are due when beneficiaries file their tax returns. The IRS will verify personal information before processing the payments. Several eligible individuals missed out on eligible payments due to old or inaccurate data. Taxpayers need to read the letters carefully to know the complete details. The government officials will provide ample support to the US citizens amidst the difficult circumstances.
Personal Finance News6 months ago
Child Tax Credit 2021 Update: December Payment Deadline For $3,600 Check As Surprise Cash
Stimulus Checks5 months ago
Stimulus Plus-Up Payments Worth $1,400 Are Available Till 2021 – Check If You Are Eligible
Covid-196 months ago
US COVID-19 Deaths In 2021 Surpass Last Year’s Numbers
California News5 months ago
Stimulus Check: The Plus-Up From The IRS Will Be The Final One For 2021
Child Tax Credit4 months ago
2021 Taxes: IRS Reverts Tax Filing Deadline Back In April Despite Raging Pandemic
Personal Finance News5 months ago
2021 Child Tax Credit Payments Impact The Tax Returns Next Year – Check How
Social Security4 months ago
2022 Tax Season: No Tax Break For Millions Who Received Tax Relief in 2021
Us News4 months ago
Americans Will Receive Emergency Food Benefits This Week: Details Inside