April 18, 2021

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Stimulus check status now: Plus-up payments, delivery schedule, everything to still know

If you already got your stimulus check, will you get a plus-up payment, too?


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If you’re waiting for a third stimulus check, your patience could soon be rewarded. But even if you got a good chunk of stimulus money, there could be even more on the way that rightfully belongs to you. The IRS and US Treasury are still sending millions of checks through “plus-up payments,” weekly adjustments for folks who already got a check, but are actually owed more as a result of information on their 2020 tax returns and more. With the

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More than $1,400 checks: 5 new health care, COBRA, insurance and FSA savings in the stimulus law

With the new stimulus bill, you may be able to save money on health insurance plans this year.


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When people talk about the $1.9 trillion stimulus law, they usually are referring to the third stimulus check for up to $1,400 per person that it included, along with an expanded child tax credit for up to $3,600 per kid (here’s how to calculate your child credit total) and several other tax breaks for people who are unemployed, low-income or have kids. But the American Rescue Plan Act also contains important updates and tax breaks for

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Stimulus check status update: IRS delivery schedule, when your plus-up money will arrive

The $1,400 stimulus checks continue to go out, but what happens if you only get a partial payment?


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If the IRS hasn’t sent your stimulus check yet, this could be your week. A new batch of the $1,400 payments drops on Wednesday. While it’s focused in part on veterans who don’t file taxes, payments also continue to arrive in the mail. The IRS is also sending out weekly plus-up payments for people who didn’t get all the money they were owed. We’ll explain more below:

For additional information, many people who get stimulus checks could also

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ACLU lawsuit claims Ohio unconstitutionally garnished inmates’ stimulus money: The Wake Up for Tuesday, April 13, 2021

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Prisoners’ stimulus: A lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union argues Ohio’s prison system has been unconstitutionally garnishing inmates’ COVID-19 relief money to pay for fines, fees, and other debts to courts and state agencies. The suit claims that the Ohio Department

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Not just $1,400 checks: 5 new health care, FSA, insurance and COBRA savings in the stimulus law

With the new stimulus bill, you may be able to save money on health insurance plans this year.


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You’re probably familiar with the $1.9 trillion stimulus law that includes a third stimulus check for up to $1,400 per person, a child tax credit for up to $3,600 per kid (how to calculate your child credit total) and several other tax breaks for people who are unemployed, low-income or have kids. But the American Rescue Plan Act also contains important updates and tax breaks for medical care and health insurance that could benefit your family. 

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Child tax credit 2021: Calculating the total is a brain-buster, but it could bring more than stimulus checks

Calculate how much money you could get from the 2021 child tax credit.


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Figuring out how much you could expect from the third stimulus check is hard enough, with new income limits and more dependents counting toward the payment this time. (And plus-up payments, if you’re due more.) The new child tax credit is even more confusing, which will calculate the payments based on your income and the age of your kids and then dividing payments up over the second half of 2021 and into 2022.

But it’s worth getting your arms around, as the expanded

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