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    EVEN after paying off the mortgage, the cost of homeownership remains high. One of the biggest drivers is property tax. 1In 2020, the number of homeowners increased by 2.1million, according to the Census Bureau. Because property tax is a percentage of home value, it often goes up when the market is strong. In today's red-hot market, this is especially true. According to Zillow’s home value index, house prices have gone up 20% since the start of 2021. But, homeowners do have a tool at their disposal if property taxes jump year to year. Read more in propertyDREAM HOME Six tips for first-time homebuyers - from credit scores to closing costsHOUSE THAT The states with the lowest property taxes in the US - is yours on the list? The key is to ask for a second appraisal. Below is the experience of one couple, as told to MSN. How property tax is determined As mentioned above, property tax is based on a home's value. For tax purposes, home value is sometimes called assessed value or fair market value. Most read...
    MORE money could be on the way for Americans as lawmakers agreed on a budget that includes up to $150 in direct payments. The package, unveiled Monday, is worth nearly $9.8billion and would benefit Oklahomans. 1The payments would go out as a tax rebateCredit: Getty The direct payments, which are set to go out in form of tax rebates, are valued at $75 per individual, or $150 for couples. A handful of states across the country have been including direct payments in budgets this year to help residents deal with inflation. Who is eligible and when would the money go out?  Assuming the bill passes, all taxpayers would qualify, according to The Oklahoman.  The checks would go out via mail in December. READ MORE ON PAYMENTSCASH IN THE AIR Stimulus payments worth up to $2,500 available to Americans - how to applyFREE MONEY Surprise $5,000 bonuses getting sent to 5,400 Americans TODAY Oklahoma’s legislature has begun hearings on the budget and plans on sending it to Governor Kevin Stitt this week.  Moreover, Mr Stitt’s negotiators were involved in discussions with top lawmakers last week. ...
    WHAT you see in this message when you read it for the first time could indicate if you’re highly intelligent. If you read a ‘a bird in the the bush’ then congratulations you are indeed a genius but if – like most of us – you didn’t seen the second ‘the’ it’s time to get the dunce’s cap on. 1Are you highly intelligent or just normal? For a normal person, even looking at the illusion a few times doesn’t work The explanation is this is the type of optical illusion where the brain works faster than the eye, says optical-illusionist.com. The illusion was shared on Tik Tok and has so far attracted nearly 44,000 comments, with some people expressing disbelief at being tricked. “My brain exploded when I saw what it actually said,” said one. Read More On The SunHEARTBREAKING Sandals agent shared haunting post before being found dead along with husbandWORTH A SHOT You may soon be able to track how drunk you are on night out using patch But many others, with just a hint of smugness, said...
    Looking to buy a house? Well if you're in the housing market, the Mayor of Baltimore wants you to consider purchasing a property in the city. Mayor Brandon Scott announced Wednesday, April 27 that first-time Baltimore homebuyers could be eligible for $10,000 starting May 1. Some homebuyers could even get $20,000 in first-time homebuyer incentives.  Baltimore's First-Time Homebuyers Incentive Program helps first-time homebuyers with their down payments and closing costs. The program awards buyers a $10,000 assistance budget.  In addition, people who purchase a home in the city's Impact Investment Areas could get another $10,000 - racking up a total of $20,000 in incentive costs.  Mayor Scott said the purpose of this program is to help bring in more middle-income families to Baltimore, especially Black homeowners.  “Home prices and mortgage rates continue to escalate. This dynamic can cause housing affordability to sink for many first-time buyers,” Mayor Scott said. “Home buying incentives can level the playing field and ensure greater success for many potential homeowners.” To be qualify for the incentives, buyers must physically live in the property themselves and have...
    YOUR smartwatch could tell you if you have Omicron even before you get symptoms. Scientists have found heart rate changes in response to infection - and most wearables track this every day. 1You could one day use your wearable heath tracker to spot Covid before it makes you unwellCredit: Alamy It could alert somebody they may be infected with Covid in the days before their symptoms start, preventing further spread of the virus.  A University of Michigan study examined heart rate data from more than 100 college students between 2019 and 2021, when various Covid strains grew into circulation. Most wore Fitbits, which are one of the most popular wearables used by millions. Participants included those who reported a Covid-positive test and had wearable data from 50 days before symptoms started to 14 days after.  Read more on coronavirus VIRAL RISK Warning to over 50s who had Covid in last 6 months over risk of another virusSNEEZY DOES IT The most common symptom people with Omicron have right now revealed The researchers found various factors changed in the lead...
    TWO pieces of legislation in different states are targeting the SNAP benefits of thousands of recipients. In Kentucky and Kansas, lawmakers want to place tighter rules surrounding people who are part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or what was once known as, food stamps. 1Key pieces of legislation in Kentucky and Kansas may impose stricter rules to be eligible for SNAP More than 41.5million Americans rely on the federal assistance to provide monthly money to buy healthy food at authorized retailers. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) oversees SNAP, but it's up to individual states to administer the program for its residents. Once a person is approved to receive benefits, they will need to go through a recertification process in order to renew the benefits. Just like first-time applicants, anyone renewing will need to go through another interview process. Read more on food stampsFINDING FOOD Food stamp expert reveals three myths about SNAP that could cost you $1,000sMATCHING DOLLARS Food stamp claimants get up to $10 extra for qualifying food purchases SNAP benefits may need to be renewed...
    CHILD care can be costly - but an expected state proposal may give parents some relief. New York Governor Kathy Hochul and the state legislature are reportedly hoping to boost child care funding in her first executive budget proposal due on April 1. 1New York is proposing billions in funding for child care The budget may include up to $3billion in child care funding, anonymous sources have told Zach Fink, the host of Off Topic/On Politics podcast. He tweeted yesterday: "GovKathyHochul wants to make it available to those at 300% of poverty level, or families making $120,000 and below. "Would also raise pay for providers. Goal is to get it running this year." Before anything is confirmed, New York state lawmakers and the governor would have to agree on the state budget. Read More on Child care FundingCHILD FRIENDLY Parents could receive $175 child tax credit payment after living costs riseCASH PLEDGE Millions of families to get $100 checks under new stimulus proposal Each house of the legislature has released its own budget proposals, known as the “one-house budgets”....
    BUYING a house is a dream that feels unattainable for many but due to multiple reasons including labor shortages and the looming rise of student debt. Lawmakers in Maine are hoping to attract younger people to the state by forgiving up to $40,000 in student debt for first-time homebuyers. 1Your student debt may be forgiven if Maine passes this law for first-time homebuyersCredit: Getty The state has had trouble filling up the job market, according to Senate President Troy Jackson. He said that it’s become more of a “retirement state” without prime-age workers. However, young workers may be unable to make a down payment on their first home or have good enough financial credit compared to an experienced buyer. If passed, the law would require the buyers to use the home as their primary residents for at least five years. “A lot of people are trapped in debt,” said Jackson. “I believe very strongly that was by design.” It’s possible the legislation could be a solution to ease the debt that’s stopping people from buying a home, moving to a...
    AMERICANS who did not receive a third $1,400 stimulus check payment last year can still pick up the cash in 2022 if they are eligible. Families who had a baby in 2021 and those who added a new dependent to their tax return for last year are among those who can receive the extra stimulus cash. 1Americans can stills receive a stimulus payment in 2022 It includes all families who added a new qualifying child in 2021, such as through adoption. The $1,400 payment is for the qualifying child. Individuals who earned more than $80,000 in 2020 but whose income was less in 2021 are also eligible to pick up the $1,400 payment if they haven't already received it. This maximum income threshold is at $160,000 for couples. The third federal stimulus check, which the government began paying out in March of last year, was issued mainly based on 2019 and 2020 tax returns. However many Americans would have earned less last year, making them eligible for the $1,400. Most read in MoneyBIG...
    MILLIONS of American famillies could receive up to $3,600 per child when tax returns are filed this year. Parents that opted out of receiving advance child tax credit payments will pocket the amount in full in the coming months. 1Millions of families could receive $3,600 per kid as part of the child tax credit schemeCredit: Getty Most families will have received six monthly payments worth up to $300 per child after the expanded program was rolled out in July. President Biden temporarily expanded the amount from $2,000 to $3,600 last year. Families with kids between the ages of six to 17 could receive up to $3,000 per child when they submit their tax returns. Americans may have unsubscribed from advance checks because they wanted to receive the cash in one big payment so they could pay for a holiday or car. Parents may also have been concerned that they might have to pay some of their money back. The child tax credit was an early payment of the estimated cash for 2021, meaning it was heavily dependent on your 2020 or 2019 income and...
    A STIMULUS law could make you eligible for $5,000 on your tax refund. If you welcomed a baby into your family in 2021, you could be eligible to receive the funds. 1If you welcomed a baby in 2021 you could receive additional funds Two tax credits from President Joe Biden's $1.9trillion aid package passed in 2021 are to thank for the funds. Parents who meet eligibility requirements would receive $3,600 from an expanded child tax credit — plus a $1,400 stimulus check for their dependents, according to Andy Phillips, director at the Tax Institute at H&R Block, who spoke to Local 12. Those who welcomed a newborn before the end of 2021 qualify for both the child tax credit and the stimulus check. Upon filing a 2021 tax return, parents can claim the newborn as a dependent and receive both payments. While many have already received the $1,400 stimulus check because of the fact that the checks were given as an advance 2021 tax credit, eligible parents can bank the payment for their newborn this year. Most read in MoneyCASH COMING February...
    BOOK OF THE WEEK A TASTE FOR POISON     by Neil Bradbury (HarperNorth £20, 304 pp) Who hasn’t thought of poisoning someone? I know I have. Of my three true enemies, one is already dead, another is very old indeed and the third has had all sorts of health scares over the years, and has a tendency to drive up the motorway at 120 mph at the dead of night. So I should probably just sit tight and wait. But there have been times when I have been sorely tempted. Professor Neil Bradbury is a British-born, American-based academic specialising in physiology and biophysics, and what he doesn’t know about knocking people off with toxic chemicals is probably not worth knowing. Professor Neil Bradbury examines the origin of various poisons and what to do if struck down with them in a new book (file image) This very splendid book is essentially a detailed primer on how to dispose of your enemies, although he is careful to point out, more than once, that you will probably get caught. The ‘undetectable’ poisons of early...
    YOU could be awarded a one-time payment of $7,500 for moving to Vermont- but you must meet certain qualifications. Officials in Vermont are offering two different relocation grants, and one of the application dates is rapidly approaching. 1Applications for one of the two grants are now open As Vermont has been hard hit by the ongoing Covid pandemic, the state is offering grants to offset the labor shortage and provide much-needed relief to businesses that have suffered. The New Relocating Worker Grant is worth $7,500 and is available to those who become full-time Vermont residents working for qualified employers. This grant is available to those who have relocated to Vermont on or after July 1, 2021, and have begun working for a Vermont employer. The worker must be employed in an occupation identified by the Vermont Department of Labor in its Short Term Occupational Projections with the Most Openings, according to Think Vermont. Most read in MoneyHELPING HAND Emergency extra $1,504 benefits will be automatically deposited next weekFEELING LUCKY? Winning Powerball numbers revealed Saturday with $20million jackpotCHECK AGAIN Automatic new $5,200...
    AN IRS rule change could see some Americans bank credits worth up to $2,000 a year. The change has occurred thanks to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) expanding its eligibility range for the saver’s credit scheme. 1Millions of Americans could be eligible for a tax credit scheme The savings plans that are eligible for the tax credit include 401ks and individual retirement accounts.   Other retirement accounts eligible include 403(b) and 457(b). In 2022, the tax credit will be worth up to $1,000 for qualifying individuals, or as much as $2,000 for married couples filing jointly. In 2022, the tax credit will be worth up to $1,000 for qualifying individuals, or as much as $2,000 for married couples filing jointly. Those who are married and filing jointly must have an(AGI) that does not exceed $68,000.  All others must have an AGI that does not exceed $34,000. Most read in MoneyCHECK AGAIN Automatic new $5,200 payments sent NOW after 'surprise' $1,000 2021 boostsHELPING HAND Emergency extra $1,504 benefits will be automatically deposited next weekMORE MONEY IRS sending new ‘$3.6K stimulus’ check payments as direct...
    IF you welcomed a new baby this year, could could be eligible for a $1,400 "stimulus check" payment in 2022 through your tax return. Taxpayers with a child born in 2021 are looking forward to relief money of up to $1,400 on top of their tax refund in 2022 thanks to the American Rescue Plan. 2If you welcomed a new baby this year, could could be eligible for a $1,400 "stimulus check" payment in 2022Credit: GETTY The American Rescue plan, which is worth around $1.9trillion in relief, was passed in March and created to give financial help to those suffering economically from the coronavirus pandemic. The plan offers payments worth up to $1,400 to eligible individuals and their dependent children. Those eligible for the "stimulus money" must have had either a child born in 2021 or obtained a new dependent. If either of that information is true, taxpayers can claim the Recovery Rebate Credit when filing their next tax return in 2022. Stimulus checks sent out in 2021 are considered advance payments of the Recovery Rebate Credit. And those relief check amounts were based...
    STRUGGLING Americans could receive a $1,800 boost by the end of this year as part of the expanded child tax credit payments. It comes as 36 million families received the cash earlier this week as households recover from the economic damage wreaked by the covid pandemic.  1The payments have helped lift 3million kids out of poverty.Credit: Alamy So far the covid era expanded Child Credit scheme has been a success.  After just the first month of receiving the payments, it helped lift three million children out of poverty, according to a Columbia University study.  But not every family is taking advantage of the monthly payments. In fact, a study conducted by the University of Michigan shows that one in every 10 eligible families have not received their child tax credit payments. Eligible families can receive $300 for each child under the age of six and kids above that age, up to 17, can get $250 per child.  The payments have been happening between July and December of 2021 which means a family with one child under six will have received...
    AMERICANS living in certain states can expect to get up to $2,000 in surprise stimulus checks in the coming months. The bonus cash will be sent to certain groups living in 14 states as part of state-level Covid-19 recovery programs. 2Some states will be giving out surprise stimulus checksCredit: Getty A number of states created their own programs to benefit the people who live there, with each local government deciding who qualifies for a fourth stimulus check and how much they will receive. Here is a breakdown of how much cash residents can expect by state. ARIZONA In Arizona, out-of-work residents are able to take advantage of the state's back-to-work program. Those who go back to work part-time are eligible for $1,000. Those returning to full-time workers could get $2,000. CALIFORNIA California implemented the Golden State Stimulus to residents who were required to have filed their 2020 tax return by October 15. About half of the nine million residents received their checks as of October 31, and the remaining checks are being sent by mail. Most read in NewsMYSTERY REMAINS Brian Laundrie sleuths focus on...
    Elon Musk has hit out at billionaire space rival Jeff Bezos, saying he would be on Pluto by now 'if lobbying and lawyers could get you to orbit'. It is the latest barb in a war of words between the two that was kicked into overdrive when NASA awarded SpaceX a lunar lander contract over Bezos-owned Blue Origin.  SpaceX, owned and founded by Elon Musk, won a lucrative contract to develop a version of its Starship spaceship to take astronauts to the lunar surface in 2024. Blue Origin was hoping NASA would pay two firms to develop alternative landers but funding cuts led the space agency to go with just SpaceX, prompting the firm to file a 50-page protest to the Government Accountability Office. This appeal, that accused NASA of 'moving the goalposts at the last minute,' was denied by officials, prompting Musk to say: 'If lobbying and lawyers could get u to orbit, Bezos would be on Pluto [right now].' The battle isn't a one way street though, as last week Blue Origin shared an infographic of the SpaceX...
    AMERICANS in seven states may get a surprise $1,000 stimulus check, reports say. Teachers in Georgia, Florida, California, Colorado, Tennessee and Texas will be pocketing $1,000 as a "thank you" or hazard pay bonus for working during the Covid-19 crisis in an attempt to boost morale. 1Teachers in seven states will receive hazard pay to boost morale after working through CovidCredit: Getty AS.com reported that around 230,000 K-12 public school teachers and personnel in Georgia will receive this retention bonus via the state’s federal coronavirus stimulus – but it will cost $230.5million.  Florida's Republican Gov Ron DeSantis wants to send out $1,000 checks to 175,000 teachers and 3,600 principals but the state’s 120,000 school staff members wouldn't get the payment, according to his press release. The Berkeley Unified School District in California is set to give at least $2.8million in stimulus as a “thank you” to educators, which includes a 3.5 percent bonus for the next school year, plus a 1 percent pay raise.  Michigan rolled out $500 bonus payments to teachers back in February. BOOSTING MORALE School...
    YOUR first mobile may have been cheap compared to today's smart phones - but they could actually be worth a fortune now. The most valuable one - the first ever iPhone before production - is worth £10,000, according to research by online marketplace LoveAntiques. There are also possible cash cows for those who still have old phones by Motorola and Nokia too. You're most likely to have a valuable one if it's the first model in a range, it had an unusual design or if it become associated with iconic movies. Alternatively, you may might make a mint if it's made from luxury materials. Will Thomas of LoveAntiques said: "It's almost strange to think of mobile phones as antiques, but as we outlined with our 'antech' category the pace of technological advancements means that a lot of them are nearing that stage." Top tips for collecting old mobile phonesBELOW are some tips for collectors of old mobile phones. Check the condition of the phone - Items in their original packaging, with their original paperwork and accessories will...
    FAMILIES could receive a monthly payment worth up to $300 from next month even if lawmakers in Congress do not vote for another round of stimulus payments. There have been three rounds of checks since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic but Biden appears to reluctant to introduce more rounds of extra cash. Read our stimulus checks live blog for the latest updates on Covid-19 relief... 3American families will receive a $300 payment as part of the child tax credit extension program even though a fourth round of stimulus checks appears unlikelyCredit: Getty Families with kids aged six or younger will be eligible for the $300 payment. Households with dependents between the ages of six and 17 will receive a monthly $250 payment. Single parents earning less than $75,000 will qualify for the child tax credit payment while the threshold is $150,000 for couples filing joint tax returns. The IRS and Treasury launched an online portal this week to make sure low-income families can access the payments, CBS reports. It’s expected that payments to 36million families will be sent out...
    A FOURTH stimulus payment is currently available to homeowners as part of a $10billion assistance fund. The Homeowners Assistance Fund is a part of the American Rescue Plan stimulus relief bill signed by President Joe Biden in March that allows struggling homeowners to tap into a large chunk of money. Read our stimulus checks live blog for the latest updates on Covid-19 relief... 2A $10billion Homeowners Assistance Fund is available for AmericansCredit: Getty While Americans have eagerly awaited their third stimulus check as the push for a fourth and even fifth relief payment grows, many are unaware that they can cover housing expenses with this extra fund. It provides money for homeowners with mortgage payments in order to prevent delinquencies, foreclosures, and late payments on utilities, GoBankingRates reports. The Treasury Department announced that it has used local and national income indicators in order to organize the distribution of the Homeowners Assistance Fund (HAF) to the hardest-hit homeowners. Each state has been provided with a minimum of $50million from the fund. 2It comes as millions of...
    AMERICANS could receive a $1,500 cash bonus for getting a new job if they were unemployed during the Covid-19 pandemic. North Carolina senators have approved a bill that would give hard-hit residents $800 or $1,500 if they get a new job in an effort to encourage people to get back to work. Read our stimulus checks live blog for the latest updates on Covid-19 relief... 3A North Carolina bill would give hard-hit residents $800 or $1,500 if they get a new jobCredit: AP House Bill 128 would allocate bonuses for accepting reemployment and it would also require people to respond to employer requests and administrative changes when it comes to jobless insurance laws. However, to roll out the payment, North Carlona would need the bill to be approved by Department of Labor. It would involve using funds allocated by Congress for the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program. This would involve a "signing bonus” being given to unemployed claimants who accept a new job, reported WAVY. Unemployed residents would receive a $1,500 bonus for getting a...
    AMERICANS could receive a surprise stimulus check if they have just recently filed their taxes. Over a million payments have been sent out to people across the country as the IRS has released its latest batch of checks. Read our stimulus checks live blog for the latest updates on Covid-19 relief... 2Americans could receive some extra cash if they've recently filed their tax returnsCredit: Getty If you have recently filed your taxes, there are two ways you may receive some extra cash. You may still be waiting for your stimulus check if the IRS has out-of-date bank details. Americans should submit a Recovery Rebate Credit form and the stimulus money will be added to any rebate you are due.  The Recovery Rebate Credit section on the Internal Revenue Service's website offers a comprehensive, step-by-step guide on how to submit for the tax credit. Individuals must file a 2020 tax return to claim the Recovery Rebate Credit even if you're not required to file. The "recovery rebate"  allows people who didn’t receive their stimulus checks to claim their payments on their 2020 tax return. If you plan to...
    Dillon Burroughs, The Western Journal May 3, 2021 0 Comments On Monday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo live-streamed his announcement to reopen the state beginning May 19, including an extreme accusation against New Yorkers who don’t take the vaccine. The Democrat said during the live event, “Maybe you go home and kiss your grandmother and wind up killing your grandmother.” Gov. Cuomo to people who don’t take the vaccine: “Maybe you go home and kiss your grandmother and wind up killing your grandmother.” pic.twitter.com/QZbyJBAIj1 — Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) May 3, 2021 The comment quickly garnered pushback across social media. You killed 15,000 grandparents. — LifeNews.com (@LifeNewsHQ) May 3, 2021 I mean, if anyone knows how to knock off a grandma it’s @NYGovCuomo. — Mark Patient (@MarkPatient) May 3, 2021 He’s finally talking about something he’s actually accomplished. — MJM⛳️???????? (@MikeVmitch2) May 3, 2021 *only applies to those grandmothers not already killed by Cuomo. — Jitney Guy (@JitneyGuy) May 3, 2021 Cuomo also said during the event that social distancing will remain in place, following...
    IPHONE users in the UK could be in line for a £750 payout from Google as the search giant this week battles a class action lawsuit over alleged illegal data harvesting. The mass legal action against the company claims it collected sensitive data from millions of iPhone owners who used the Safari web browser between 2011 to 2012. 3 iPhone users in the UK may be owed £750 each from GoogleCredit: Rex Features Consumer champion Richard Lloyd alleges that information on people's health, race, ethnicity, sexuality and finance was gathered even when users had chosen a "Do not track" privacy setting. The case, which is worth as much as £3.2billion, could see more than four million iPhone users handed £750 in compensation. The Supreme Court will be hearing Google's appeal on April 28 and 29. Mr Lloyd, a former director at Which?, launched the case in 2018. 3 A mass legal action against Google claims it collected sensitive data from 4.4million iPhone users in the UKCredit: Reuters It was quickly thrown out by the High Court after a judge said...
    STRUGGLING families could be helped out with two new "stimulus checks" this year - if bills being crafted by Joe Biden are approved. A third round of checks have been hitting bank accounts across the country in recent weeks, but Americans are still finding themselves strapped for cash. 2Joe Biden has two further stimulus plans in the worksCredit: Reuters 2Further help could be given to those struggling to make ends meetCredit: Getty While there are demands for a fourth stimulus check to be sent out, the President is drafting two further stimulus proposals pencilled in for this year - which could see more money and help for those most in need. The first package, named the Americans Jobs Plan, would see more than $2trillion pumped into the US economy with jobs created - if approved. Meanwhile, a second project - called the American Families Plan - could potentially see $1trillion put aside for both families and individuals, reports the Washington Post. There are several ways in which this plan could benefits hard-shit Americans. It may see the temporary expansion...
    WHATSAPP users are being warned about a malicious link to an app that claims it can turn the messaging platform pink. The 'WhatsApp Pink' message was highlighted as a scam by a security researcher in India who said it contains malware which could let a hacker take over your phone. Beware of @WhatsApp Pink!! A Virus is being spread in #WhatsApp groups with an APK download link. Dont click any link with the name of WhatsApp Pink. Complete access to your phone will be lost. Share with All..#InfoSec #Virus @IndianCERT @internetfreedom @jackerhack @sanjg2k1 pic.twitter.com/KbbtK536F2— Rajshekhar Rajaharia (@rajaharia) April 17, 2021 Rajesh Rajaharia tweeted: "Beware of @WhatsApp Pink!! "A Virus is being spread in #WhatsApp groups with an APK download link. "Don't click any link with the name of WhatsApp Pink. Complete access to your phone will be lost. Share with All.." Rajaharia later stated that only Android users can be affected by the WhatsApp Pink virus. 1'WhatsApp Pink' can reportedly let hackers take over your phoneCredit: Alamy He claims clicking the link could let hackers take over your...
    Australia and New Zealand have agreed a quarantine-free 'travel bubble' that will take effect from April 19, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said. The neighbouring nations, which have closed borders to the rest of the world in efforts to eradicate Covid-19, will allow people to travel from one country to the other without mandatory coronavirus testing or forced quarantine.   Though most Australian states have allowed quarantine-free visits from New Zealanders for months, New Zealand has continued with enforced isolation for arrivals from its neighbour, citing concern about small COVID-19 outbreaks there. Flights to and from some Australian states could still be suspended if there were local outbreaks, Ardern warned on Tuesday, with New Zealand itself often locking down entire cities for days in response to tiny numbers of cases. The bubble would operate under a 'flyer beware' system, with no new support from the New Zealand government for people stuck in Australia by cancellations at short notice, Ardern said, meaning travellers could become stuck. New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern (pictured speaking on Tuesday) announced the trans-Tasman travel...
    YOUR $1,400 stimulus check could be delayed if you’ve recently moved or changed banks. Taxpayers are looking forward to receiving their third round of Covid relief checks after President Joe Biden's $1.9trillion stimulus bill was approved last Wednesday. 4Taxpayers are looking forward to receiving their third round of Covid relief checksCredit: Getty 4President Joe Biden's $1.9trillion stimulus bill was approved last weekCredit: AFP However, some Americans may get their money later than others if they recently moved, changed banks, or the IRS doesn't have your direct deposit information. If you're in the group of taxpayers who recently changed banks since filing your last tax return - it's possible the check was sent to your old account. Anyone with a relief check that was accidentally sent to the wrong financial institution can live stress-free knowing the bank will return the payments to the IRS. The Internal Revenue Service explains: "If your bank information is invalid or the account has been closed, the bank will return your payment to the IRS. "We will mail it to you by check at the address we have on file."...
    New York : In Congress they seek to sign the new stimulus bill into law before March 14. Photo: Samuel Corum / . The first major vote in Congress on the $ 1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package will take place this Friday. If the bill passes, the due date of the new $ 1,400 stimulus check would seem closer. Democrats are aiming to sign the bill by March 14, which will kickstart the schedule for the third stimulus check. But the 2020 tax season could complicate things for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), as well as the pay group you find yourself in. Also, some people, such as SSDI and SSI recipients, may receive their funds in a different way. As if this were not enough, in case you have an additional problem with your stimulus check, you could wait a few more months. The IRS arranged the first two stimulus check deliveries according to the payment groups with direct deposit recipients the first to receive the check, followed by the people who receive physical...
    AMERICANS could get more stimulus check money if they file taxes early - starting TOMORROW. The Internal Revenue Service begins processing tax returns on Friday, which is the earliest date you can submit from. 3The IRS starts processing tax returns on FridayCredit: Getty Images - Getty Those filing tax returns earlier this year will see a faster refund, and "for some people, it could also mean a bigger third stimulus check," advises Kiplinger. But, the website warns, that isn't the case for all taxpayers. And they might end up with lower stimulus checks, for example in cases where there have been major changes to family or financial situations. Americans should ensure they know how much they got in previous stimulus checks before filing taxes this year, to avoid complications. The stimulus direct payments are not taxable at the federal level. However, people will need to know the exact amounts of those payouts to process their 2020 federal income tax return. 3Americans should ensure they know how much they got in stimulus checks before filing taxes this year, to avoid complicationsCredit: Getty...
    AMERICANS can expect their third stimulus checks of $1,400 soon – that is if Congress and the president can come together quickly to pass Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package. Rumors have it that Congress might split the $1.9 trillion stimulus package in two, one smaller “skinny” bill containing a third stimulus check and Covid-19 vaccine distribution, and the rest of the funding going to a targeted date of around mid-March. 2Americans can expect a third stimulus check soonCredit: Getty Images - Getty However, the White House has made clear they are not in favor of a split bill and would prefer a unified package instead. If an agreement is reached this week, Americans can receive their third round of stimulus checks within just nine days, leaving the Senate with ample time to focus their efforts on Trump’s impeachment trial set to start on February 9. If Congress can pass the stimulus checks by February 4, CNET reports Americans could start receiving their checks by direct deposit on February 8, by mail on February 15, and by debit card on...
    Fortress Washington Braces for Inauguration With Fences, Troops How to watch NASA fire up its massive SLS moon rocket tomorrow These $19k SUVs Will Make You Trade in Your Car Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/5 SLIDES © Provided by Best Life If You Work Here, You Could Get Paid to Get the COVID Vaccine The coronavirus vaccine has the ability to greatly slow the spread of the virus by offering widespread immunity, but only if enough people take it. And with vaccine hesitancy and slow rollouts, that may take far longer than needed—especially as coronavirus case numbers continue to rise exponentially. This has forced some to initiate incentives to get people vaccinated, which means you could actually get paid to get the COVID vaccine. Three companies have already announced that they will be offering compensation to employees who get vaccinated. Keep reading to find out more about getting paid for getting the shot, and for more essential vaccine information, If You Take These OTC Meds, You...
    YOU could get your $600 stimulus check in just 15 DAYS if the final bill is passed today. Lawmakers finally finalized the $900 billion economic relief package on Sunday - with hopes the bill will be passed on Monday after months of gridlock negotiations. 4The $900 billion economic relief package is expected to pass through the Senate on Monday before Donald Trump can sign it into lawCredit: REUTERS 4Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said more help was on its way for AmericansCredit: AFP or licensors The package will mean Americans will be able to access individual checks, small business loans and benefits to the unemployed struggling with the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. A one-off $600 stimulus payment is expected for most Americans, while unemployment payments will be boosted by $300 per week. Many Covid-19 relief packages had been set to expire at the end of the month - putting about 12million Americans at risk of losing their access to unemployment benefits. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced on the Senate floor Sunday afternoon: "More help...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — With one coronavirus vaccine already rolled out and a second one on its way, many people still have questions. CBS2’s Dr. Max Gomez has some answers for viewers. The first two coronavirus vaccines, Pfizer and likely Moderna later this week, both require two shots, either 21 days apart for Pfizer’s or 28 days for Moderna’s. So our first question is… What happens if you don’t get the second dose of vaccine? Many vaccines — including shingles, hepatitis, chicken pox and others — recommend two and sometimes three doses to ensure that your immune system is fully primed to fight off that particular infection.   With the Pfizer COVID vaccine, it appears that clinical trial volunteers did develop antibodies after the first dose, but those antibodies tend to fade with time. It looks like the second dose is what really induced T-cell immunity. Those are the memory cells that should provide long-lasting protection against the coronavirus. The very high protection numbers reported, around 95% for both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, only apply to people who got both...
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    AS of Tuesday hopes for a second stimulus check seem promising as President Donald Trump “gave his blessing" to White House officials to work out a relief package with Senate members, reports say. If a relief bill is passed, your second stimulus check could be sent out in 12 days meaning you may get your $1,200 before Christmas. 4Americans can see their second stimulus check in 12 days, if another relief bill is passed next weekCredit: Getty Images - Getty On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told his members he's working with White House officials on a revised stimulus proposal with the green light from Trump, according to CNN. The top Republican said he's going to drop his new stimulus offer, in hopes of a signature from President Trump soon. "We don't have time for messaging games. We need to get a presidential signature," McConnell said. The Senate Majority Leader claimed they "have an answer" and are hoping the deal will be signed into law quickly. 4A group of 100 economists have called the stimulus check 'essential'Credit: AP:Associated Press 4On Tuesday, President...
    The extension of unemployment benefits would allow thousands of families to pay rent and bills. Photo: William Thomas Cain / . During these months you have surely asked yourself this question, what would happen if after months of negotiations Congress does not agree to a second stimulus check as part of a new coronavirus aid bill? The president-elect Joe biden has warned that the country is about to enter a “dark winter” while a group of 127 economists has asked legislators to approve an emergency aid package that helps families and reactivates the economy through of a direct payment of $ 1,200. If the congressmen do not agree, the situation could force the members of the House of Representatives and the Senate reduce support for federal programs that were designed to keep thousands of families afloat during the coronavirus pandemic that is about to expire at the end of the year. An analysis by the Century Foundation estimates that 12 million people will lose their unemployment benefits the day after Christmas, which...
    It would take about a week to process the first payments. Photo: William Thomas Cain / . Congress set a December 11 deadline to approve the next federal budget, which could include a relief package with which you would distribute a second stimulus check. Something that must be taken into account is that, if the check is approved, it would take about a week to process the first payments. This does not necessarily mean that you will have the money seven days after it is approved, as the speed of delivery will also depend on the way it is sent to you. If the House of Representatives approves the stimulus check on December 11, the Senate would approve it on December 12. The president would then sign the approval on December 13, according to CNet. If this happens, the first stimulus checks will be made in direct deposit during the week beginning December 28. Then paper checks will begin to be sent during the week beginning January 11. The last to receive...
    IF Joe Biden does not secure a second stimulus package, Americans could still get a $200 social security boost or see their student debt cancelled. The final string of the CARES Act will run out by the end of 2020 and President-elect Biden is urging lawmakers to immediately pass a new relief package. 4Joe Biden is urging Congress to 'come together and pass a Covid relief package like the Heros Act'Credit: Reuters “Right now Congress should come together and pass a Covid relief package like the Heros Act,” Biden said Monday in Wilmington, Delaware. The HEROS Act is the $2.2trillion measure passed by the Democratic-led House before the Election. However, the bill stands no chance in the Republican-led Senate and there has been no active negotiations between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The Republicans are more in favor of a relief bill worth $500billion. 4The HEROS Act is the $2.2trillion measure passed by the Democratic-led House before the ElectionCredit: AP:Associated Press 4Biden said he will support the Hero’s act or something that resembles it in...
    There was one big question on the minds of most late night hosts Wednesday night: Are President Donald Trump’s rallies really worth dying over? Trump held an outdoor rally in Omaha on Tuesday, and the temperatures were apparently near freezing, as several attendees were hospitalized after hundreds were stranded for hours due to a lack of shuttle buses. Trevor Noah, Jimmy Kimmel, and Jimmy Fallon all tackled the issue on their late night shows, shocked that the president endangered his supporters in yet another way. Noah was not completely surprised by the news, calling the move “classic Donald Trump” before roasting the president’s failure to live up to his promises — noting that he has often left his supporters out in the cold. “I swear, guys, every day, there’s another way that you can die from going to a Trump rally,” Noah joked. “First you could get corona, now you can get hypothermia? By the end of the weekend, Trump is just going to be tossing snakes out into the crowd.” The host also joked that Trump has chosen coronavirus as his wingman while Joe...
    AMERICANS could get more than $1,200 if Nancy Pelosi and Republicans agree on a new stimulus deal with second round of checks. Negotiations are ongoing as Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin hash out the details, including whether to send people another stimulus check. ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 10People could end up getting a bigger payout if they meet certain criteriaCredit: Getty Images - Getty 10House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is in talks with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin Credit: EPA 10Mnuchin recently said "on a number of issues [Pelsoi] is still dug in."Credit: Splash News CNET listed six ways hard-hit Americans could receive a larger sum than $1,200 if and when the IRS do send out the payments. A second check will most likely follow the same rough guidelines applied to the first CARES package, with the total amount people receive based on their adjusted gross income (AGI) and other eligibility requirements – if it's approved. But hard-hit households could end up getting more money because the Democratic...
    UNEMPLOYED Americans could get up to $1,800 over the next six weeks thanks to an increase in unemployment benefits. After much criticism for not reaching a conclusive second stimulus package, President Trump allocated $44 billion to give unemployed workers an extra $300 in weekly payments for up to six weeks. 2Trump allocated $44 billion from FEMA to cover six weeks-worth of $300 checks to unemployed AmericansCredit: AFP or licensors Trump is using the money from the Disaster Relief Fund, managed by FEMA, to partially restore the $600 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance that expired at the end of July. Forty-nine states, including Washington D.C., Guam and the Virgin Islands, have signed up for the federal portion of the aid. South Dakota is the only state that has not signed up. States will issue up to six weeks of payments to eligible workers, allowing for Americans to receive up to $1,800 over the six weeks. "States should plan to make payments to eligible claimants for no more than six weeks from the week ending Aug. 1, 2020," a FEMA spokeswoman said. 2Unemployed Americans...
    CORONAVIRUS tests are in short supply and people all over the country are scrambling to get a swab. NHS tests are free and to secure one you need to either go to a drive-through site or get one sent to your home address. 8NHS testing sites have been set up across the countryCredit: AFP or licensors Cases of the virus are continuing to soar and many people have been forced to drive hundreds of miles away from their homes in order to access tests. A glitch in the system has also meant people in London can access tests if they put an Aberdeen postcode into the testing system. Health Secretary Matt Hancock this week said that tests would be rationed for those who need it most and previously warned people not to pay for private tests. He urged people not to pay for tests that have not been verified or signed off by the government. 8Matt Hancock has urged people to not buy unverified testsCredit: PA:Press Association As many continue to struggle to access tests there are other options -...
    THE SECOND stimulus package could see Americans receiving even more money than the $1,200 checks - if the bill is passed. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Democrats and Republicans are working to come to a deal on coronavirus checks before heading into a month-long recess on August 7. 3The stimulus package might be more than expectedCredit: AP:Associated Press The Senate is currently discussing providing additional benefits to residents on top of the stimulus checks. Negotiations between the two parties have slowed to a crawl as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi refused to back down over the amount of unemployment relief on offer. "I think that the number, the $600, is related more to the unemployment rate. If the unemployment goes down, then that number can go down," she told CNN over the weekend. At his weekly Senate Republican leadership press conference, McConnell was asked about Pelosi's refusal to budge on the newly proposed stimulus package. 3McConnell might support the unemployment checksCredit: Alamy Live News "Wherever this thing settles between the president of the United States and his team, who has to sign it...
    As health experts urge the public to wear masks to slow the spread of the coronavirus, they continue to get pushback. Among the arguments of skeptics: If masks can’t fully protect me against COVID-19, what is the point of wearing them? Scientists’ counterargument is that masks can help reduce the severity of the disease caused by coronavirus even if you get infected. There’s now mounting evidence that silent spreaders are responsible for the majority of transmission of the coronavirus — making universal masking essential to slow the spread of the highly contagious virus, experts say. This makes the coronavirus different from the seasonal flu. With seasonal flu, peak infectiousness occurs about one day after the onset of symptoms. But with the coronavirus, even among people who do end up becoming visibly sick, peak infectiousness can occur before they show symptoms. In fact, experts say, significant amounts of virus can start coming out of people’s noses and mouths even when they feel well. This is a key reason, they say, why tactics to deal with the coronavirus must...
    What is the world’s best soccer rivalry? Soothe Stressed Skin with an Aloe Vera Gel If youre not ready to file taxes, you can get an extension until October 15—but it could cost you In March, the IRS announced that the federal tax filing deadline would be pushed to July 15, 2020. The move, made in response to the coronavirus pandemic, gave Americans an extra three months to file their 2019 returns without incurring interest or penalties. © Provided by CNBC If you're still not ready to file by Wednesday July 15, though, you can file for an extension like you normally would. Anyone can use Free File to electronically request a tax-filing extension, which would give you until October 15, 2020 to file your return, according to the IRS. (That's the same extended filing deadline from prior years.) Load Error An extension to file, however, is not the same as an extension to pay. If you're filing an extension, you still need to estimate any taxes you may owe and pay them by the regular deadline to avoid possible...
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