- President Joe Biden’s Administration approved an increase in food stamps benefits.
- The ‘food stamps’ benefits will increase by more than 25 percent.
- This action represents the largest increase in the history of the social program.
Good news in times of crisis. The ‘food stamps’ benefits will increase by more than 25 percent permanently from this year on.
The administration of President Joe Biden has approved a significant and permanent increase in the levels of food stamps assistance available to families in need, representing the largest single increase in the history of the program. WHEC reported on Sunday, August 15.
Benefits from ‘food stamps’ will increase
Beginning in October, average benefits from food stamps (officially known as the SNAP program) will increase more than 25 percent above pre-pademic levels. The increase in assistance will be available indefinitely for the 42 million beneficiaries of the program, detailed the aforementioned media.
The increase in aid was first reported by The New York Times and the details were confirmed by a spokeswoman for the Department of Agriculture, and are expected to be formally announced Monday by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
Benefits of ‘food stamps’ would reach $ 157
The food aid push comes as part of a major revision of the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Thrifty Food Plan. In concrete terms, WHEC said, the average monthly benefits per person will increase from $ 121 to $ 157.
The increase is part of an effort by President Joe Biden’s administration on multiple fronts to strengthen the United States’ social safety net, the newspaper said.
The increase in ‘food stamps’ would be historic
Anti-poverty and food security activists contend that long-standing deficiencies in that safety net were exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, presenting an opportunity to make generational improvements that go beyond the current public health crisis, WHEC reported.
Activists commented that pre-pandemic SNAP assistance levels simply weren’t enough, forcing many households to choose cheaper and less nutritious food options or simply go hungry as funds ran out to end. of month.
The increase in ‘food stamps’ would help many to fill their carts in supermarkets
The New York Times noted that the measure will give poor people more power to fill their shopping carts, but will add billions of dollars to the cost of a program that feeds one in eight Americans.
Under rules to be announced Monday and implemented in October, median benefits will increase more than 25 percent from pre-pandemic levels. And the 42 million people in the program will receive additional help. The measure does not require congressional approval and, unlike the great expansions of the pandemic era, which are beginning to expire, the changes are meant to be permanent, the Times reported.
$ 8,000 “surprise” stimulus can be claimed by families with two or more children
If you are still facing the economic ravages of the pandemic, don’t forget that families with children under the age of 13 could receive a “surprise” stimulus payment of $ 8,000 in the form of a tax credit for child or dependent care expenses.
This is an adjustment to the Child and Dependent Care Credit for 2021, due to the pandemic. Previously, the maximum amount that taxpayers could claim for multiple children was $ 6,000, according to The Sun.
You can claim up to $ 16 thousand
This tax credit will reduce what you owe to the IRS in 2021 if you have payments related to the care of a child or other dependent. If you are caring for a child or dependent, you can claim $ 8,000 in expenses. If you are caring for more than one child or dependent, you can claim up to $ 16,000 in expenses.
Working families will have to meet certain requirements to collect thousands of dollars in additional stimulus funds that cover childcare costs, as well as the costs of caring for a spouse or parent who is unable to care for themselves.
From daycare to after-school programs
These child care expenses include everything from daycare to after-school programs, babysitters, day camps, and more. This tax credit is available for tax year 2021 only. If you don’t claim it this year, you won’t be able to get it.
The tax credit is intended to allow individuals residing in the United States to return to work without having to face large bills for care costs in their absence.
“The Child and Dependent Care Credit can provide you with up to 50% of up to $ 8,000 of child care and similar costs for a child under the age of 13, a spouse or parent who cannot care for themselves or another dependent for you able to work (and up to $ 16,000 in expenses for two or more dependents), “explains Nerdwallet.
To get the child and dependent care tax credit, the filer’s adjusted gross income must be less than $ 125,000. Families making $ 438,000 or more are not eligible for this benefit, explains FOX Baltimore.
When to claim it
The credit covers only 20% for families with incomes between $ 125,001 and $ 183,001. It is important to note that you (and your spouse, if applicable) must earn this income from a job. If you are married, you must file a joint tax return, depending on BGR.
This credit is part of the American Rescue Plan, approved in March, and can begin to be claimed for this fiscal year. For example, if parents regularly use a babysitter in 2021, they will be able to claim it as a child care expense for this tax year when the tax filing date comes next year.
Some states begin sending a fourth stimulus check
Qualifying Americans in some states will receive an additional fourth stimulus check locally despite the approval of a fourth round of payments federal seems unlikely.
Although all states in the country received about $ 200 billion as part of President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan to invest in the economic recovery after the pandemic, not all have decided to use those resources in the same way. For more information visit this note.
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