COVID-19 stimulus bill bringing billions to the state and Utahns
Stimulus bill signed Thursday
Stimulus bill to benefit Utah
Utahns are expected to benefit significantly from the bill. The massive American Rescue Plan will direct an estimated $7-8 billion to Utah, said Phil Dean, public finance senior research fellow at the University of Utah’s Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute.
Dean reported the biggest chunk of the billions will be from the $1,400 checks, which 85% of Utahns will see. McCann pointed out Utah has the nation’s youngest population and highest fertility rates, which means many Utahns will benefit from the expanded child tax credits.
This is what Utah can expect from the American Rescue Plan:
The legislation will grant $1,400 direct payments to individuals making under $75,000 and $2,800 to married couples who make less than $150,000. Individuals making up to $80,000 and joint filers up to $160,000 will get some money but not the full amount. The direct cash includes up to $1,400 per dependent, including adult dependents.
If you filed taxes by direct deposit, the $1,400 stimulus check and child tax credits should go right into your bank account. If you don’t, they should come to you by mail. Both versions will come from the IRS.
Child tax credit
According to the bill, these payments should begin in July and would expand the annual child tax credit to $3,600 for children up to age 5 and $3,000 for children ages 6 to 17.
Most experts expect the payments to be monthly, though that hasn’t been finalized. You will also get credit for January through June, but most likely that will be in the form of a tax credit when you file a return next year.
The bill provides $300 a week in enhanced jobless benefits through Sept. 6.
If you are currently on unemployment, the continuation of the extra $300 should continue automatically as long as you keep reporting your status.
Childcare tax credit and earned income tax credit
These are credits, meaning if you are eligible you will get the full amount, but that will also come with next year’s tax return. These increased credits are just in place for 2021, though Democrats have been clear they want to make them permanent afterward.
Paycheck protection loan
Howard Headlee with the Utah Bankers Association emphasized that the loan applications will now be judged by the amount of revenue lost because of COVID-19 rather than the amount of income lost.
Utahns eligibility for the stimulus relief package
Utah has weathered the COVID-19 pandemic better than most states. Dean reported Utah is not back to “normal,” however, the employment levels are back in the range of pre-pandemic employment.
“This is one of the interesting issues we face here in the state,” he said. “By and large, we’re doing much better than the nation, and we’re getting all of this fiscal stimulus dumped into the Utah economy.”
Eligibility for all of this money is based on income thresholds that vary. The $1,400 checks phase out quickly after an individual makes $75,000, the head of the household makes $112,000, and a married couple makes $150,000.
The child tax credits start to phase out at the same points, but will be far more gradual.
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