Timely and Relevant News: Highlights of the New Stimulus Package

The $1.9 trillion-dollar American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) was recently signed into law. This is the latest in a series of COVID-19 related stimulus legislation. This new legislation impacts individuals, businesses, states and local governments.

A primary catalyst for this new round of relief was the expiration of some federal unemployment benefits on March 14, 2021. The ARPA expands and continues Covid-19 related unemployment benefits as a major part of the legislation.

Here’s a quick recap of several highlights from the ARPA:

Stimulus Checks: 
The new law authorized another round of stimulus checks of $1,400 ($2,800 for joint filers) for qualifying individuals and $1,400 for each qualifying dependent.

The phase-out range for the stimulus checks will affect those earning more than $75,000 annually and capped for those earning $80,000 or more ($150,00-$160,000 for married couples).

Unemployment Benefits: 
The ARPA waives federal tax on up to $10,200 of unemployment benefits for single adults who earned less than $150,000 a year in 2020. The ceiling is $20,400 for two workers in a married couple. Amounts over $10,200 are still taxable. States may also decide not offer the tax break.

Child Tax Credit:
The ARPA increased the Child Tax Credit maximum amount to $3,000 per child and $3,600 for children under age 6 and temporarily increased the value of the Dependent Care Tax Credit up to $3,000 for one dependent and $6,000 for two or more dependents.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
The new legislation allocates an additional $7.25 billion towards PPP funding.

The ARPA also includes additional eligible non-profit entities for first or second draw PPP loans. The Small Business Administration (SBA) is only offering PPP loans until March 31, 2021.

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