A State-Specific 4th Stimulus Check Is Coming – Will You Get One?
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve seen significant assistance and relief offered by federal, state, and local governments. Some stimulus checks have been delivered broadly and to large groups of people, while others were issued based on income or need. So, we’ve all been wondering – will there be a fourth stimulus check?
The federal government has issued several stimulus checks to help citizens throughout the pandemic. With the current inflation rate in the United States at its highest since the 1980s, it’s only natural that everyone is curiously awaiting the fourth stimulus check release date.
While there won’t likely be federal stimulus payments in 2022, we can all use some extra money. If you live in specific states, a fourth stimulus check is coming. This time, economic impact payments will hit bank accounts thanks to state and city stimulus payments.
Read on to find out which cities and states are issuing stimulus checks and if you are eligible for one.
A Look at the First Three Rounds of Stimulus Payments
To help low and medium-income citizens through this crisis, the federal government has distributed large swaths of stimulus checks to eligible adults three times to date.
On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan passed. $195 billion was given to 50 states, i.e., approximately $500 million for each state. The states have until 2024 to decide what they want to do with the money and until 2026 to spend it.
To provide direct assistance, the federal government distributed the first stimulus check of $1,200 in April 2020 for individuals, $2,400 for married couples, and an additional $500 per child under 17.
The second stimulus check of $600—plus an additional $600 for each dependent aged 16 and under—was distributed in December 2020.
Finally, the third stimulus check was sent in March 2021 as an advance payment of the tax year 2021 Recovery Rebate Credit. Along with this, many Americans received a child tax credit—and an advanced child tax credit— which allowed the IRS to deliver money to millions of bank accounts for filers who claimed a dependent. Those who opted out of the advance payments would be able to claim the child tax credit and receive a higher refund when filing their tax return.
There Will Be a Fourth Stimulus Payment – Here’s the Deal
So, now that we have established that there will be another stimulus check (just not from the federal government or the federal reserve bank), here’s what to expect.
Who Will Get the 4th Stimulus Check?
Who gets the 4th stimulus check will be largely determined on a state-by-state basis. Even then, most of them are hardship-based or limited to specific professions, so eligibility criteria also comes into play.
States offering some version of a fourth stimulus check generally allocate funds to help the unemployed, front-line workers, families with young children, and other subsets of the state population.
These States Will Issue State-Specific Stimulus Checks
Some states using the allocated funds in the American Rescue Plan decided to use it to give stimulus checks to specific groups of people. Every state has different criteria. However, the common theme is that people from a particular income group or who experienced specific economic loss, such as unemployment, are eligible for the next stimulus checks or other pandemic assistance.
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These U.S. states are distributing state and occupation-specific stimulus checks to their residents:
- Arizona: Benefits of up to $2,000 under Arizona’s Back to Work Program.
- California: Checks are issued under the Golden State Stimulus program based on pre-pandemic income levels.
- Colorado: Focused on assisting unemployed individuals and benefiting them up to $375.
- Florida: Occupation-specific relief.
- Georgia: Occupation-specific relief.
- Maine: Occupation-specific relief.
- Maryland: Up to $500 provided by the RELIEF Act for those who filed Earned Income Tax Credit in 2019.
- Michigan: Occupation-specific relief.
- Missouri: Occupation-specific relief.
- New Mexico: Relief and resources for a variety of situations.
- New York: Unemployment benefits under Excluded Workers Fund.
- Vermont: Relief is provided under the Vermont Economic Recovery and Relief Package.
- Tennessee: Emergency cash assistance for low-income residents and families that lost employment due to the pandemic.
- Texas: Mortgage and rental assistance for Texas residents in need.
These Cities Will Issue the City-Specific Stimulus Payment
Many cities have decided to step up and distribute fourth stimulus checks. The common trend in these cities is an aim to help those hardest hit by the pandemic.
These are the United States cities that are distributing city-specific stimulus checks to their residents:
- Chicago, Illinois: Monthly assistance to low-income individuals throughout 2022.
- Los Angeles, California: A variety of programs and assistance to encourage food security and housing for low-income households.
- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Support programs and resources for unemployed individuals, artists, service workers, and more.
- Seattle, Washington: Food, rent, and financial support for individuals significantly impacted by the pandemic.
- Santa Ana, California: Emergency rental assistance through March 31, 2022.
These Professionals Will Receive Another Stimulus Check
The states and cities referenced above are issuing fourth stimulus checks to help in the pandemic. Some regions are also offering relief to specific professions.
- Teachers: Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Tennessee, and Texas are issuing stimulus checks to contribute to teachers in their state. Each state has its own criteria to aid their teachers and funds will either go directly to the teacher or to the school to support teachers and education.
- Front-Line Workers: Maine and Vermont are issuing stimulus checks to the personnel that worked in the pandemic.
- Healthcare Personnel: Missouri is aiding the people working in mental health facilities, nursing homes, and correctional facilities.
What if You Won’t Receive the Next Stimulus Check, but Need Financial Help?
A fourth stimulus check can be a relief for people who’ve struggled during the pandemic and need a fresh start. However, if you aren’t in a state or occupation that is eligible for help but need financial support, there are alternatives.
Alternative Forms of Pandemic Relief Continuing in 2022
America has an active COVID-19 Economic Relief program. There are many plans and relief options provided to help people get back on their feet if they’re financially impacted by the pandemic. While most of the benefits are offered through government entities and non-profit organizations, it is worth reviewing the different efforts being taken to help.
In addition to the government relief programs, companies and services are available to help if you’re struggling financially. We’ll review several options worth considering based on your unique needs.
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Another stimulus check can be a breath of fresh air for people struggling during this pandemic. However, it’s not something you want to depend on. Even if you are likely to receive another stimulus check, it may not be clear exactly when you’ll receive it, and amounts can vary. Your best bet is to consider any pandemic relief funds to be a bonus. Build your budget and personal financial plan around your current income.
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