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    SOME states are sending out stimulus checks just before the holidays. Residents living in California, Connecticut, New Mexico, Vermont, Tennessee, New Hampshire and Florida will receive extra aid. 2Residents living in certain states can get extra money right before the holidaysCredit: Getty The money will vary depending on the state, job title or income and some people might not know if they even qualify.  In California, residents that filed their 2020 tax return by October 15 will get stimulus payments.  Those who make $75,000 per year will be eligible for checks worth up to $1,100. The Back to Work stimulus program in Connecticut is set to end on December 31 for those returning to work after losing their jobs during the pandemic.  The payments are worth $1,000 and the recipient much have gotten a job.  In Florida, teachers and principals are also getting $1,000 for their continued service during the pandemic. Most read in MoneyCHECK AGAIN Surprise ‘$8,000 stimulus check' available this month as IRS extension pushedFREE MONEY Surprise payments being sent NOW as $1,800 also set to be sent...
    AMERICANS should be on alert for a new scam involving unauthorized Google charges ranging from 99 cents to $10 appearing on their bank statements, experts have warned. The scam was first unearthed back in October when Chase bank account holders reported seeing strange charges of $13.01 on their statements. 1Chase bank users have been urged to be vigilant for fraudulent charges on their accountsCredit: Reuters The odd charge was always listed to be from Google, followed by the name of a business or person. Dozens of other people told ABC15 that they also found bogus charges on their accounts. Those amounts included charges of $.99, $1.07, $5, $9.99, and more. One victim, identified only as Matthew, who uses a local bank in Bastrop, Texas, said he found 13 transactions on his account for 99 cents each. Others have reported seeing the bogus charges on Walmart Money cards, CashApp accounts, and even accounts for government benefits. 'WHAT THE HELL?' A Discover account user in Tulsa said he found a series of unauthorized $5 charges on his account. A...
    NOVEMBER’S stimulus payment has come and gone, meaning there’s only one payment left in 2021.  Parents still have time to receive the last Child Tax Credit payment on December 15. 2There is one more stimulus check payment left in 2021Credit: Getty It’s important to know that families will be receiving half of the money in monthly payments this year with the rest coming in 2022 after filing taxes. Parents can unenroll from the remaining advance payments to get them as part of their credit next year. The reason behind the smaller payments instead of a large lump sum is to bring money to households sooner rather than later. The “advance payments” are used to pay for expenses like food, rent, and daycare.” However, the advance payments are optional, and not all US families qualify for them. For those whose household situation might change, it could be beneficial to opt-out. The deadline to opt-out of monthly payments is November 29 at 8:59 p.m. PT [or 11:59 p.m. ET]. Families can use the IRS Child Tax Credit Update Portal between now and...
    EMAILS from Microsoft containing no-strings-attached gift cards are landing in 50,000 inboxes, but scammers will try to take advantage of the company's generosity with a copycat message that could collect your personal data and compromise your devices. Here are the steps you need to take to determine if your email gift card is the real deal, or a cleverly-disguised scam by an enterprising hacker. 1Don't fall for a scam email when Microsoft sends out gift cards this monthCredit: AFP Take notice of the amount A Microsoft spokesperson told The Verge: "To help spread holiday cheer, Microsoft Store has surprised a total of 50,000 U.S. customers with virtual gift cards via email. "These randomly selected recipients can redeem their gift card on Microsoft Store through December 31, 2021 and spend it within 90 days of redemption." According to Microsoft, half of the selected recipients will receive a $100 gift card, and the other half will receive a $10 gift card. If you receive a gift card for a different denomination, like $25 or $500, it's not part of the official promotion, and...
    OFFICIALS are warning that unauthorized Google charges are appearing on different accounts – recommending users to check bank statements closely.  While most of the fraud charges have nothing to do with Google, the same $13.01 is appearing on numerous Chase Visa statements, reportedly.  2Contact your credit card company if you encounter fraudulent charges It is recommended you contact your credit card company if you encounter fraudulent charges as many have had their charges reversed or cards cancelled.  In a statement from Chase, the company reveals: “We encourage customers to check their accounts regularly for any transactions they don’t recognize.  “They won’t be responsible for transactions they didn’t authorize and that they tell us about promptly." Some people still are experiencing these bizarre small charges with their new card so it is important to be on alert, the company advises. REDDIT REVELATION  Users on Reddit are complaining about the $13.01 charge they are receiving under the thread “Got a random charge under POS Google Debit?” One wrote: “Just had the same thing happen. $13.01. Google POS from california. Talked to chase...
    NEW $300 stimulus checks will be heading to millions of Americans in three days, so eligible families should make sure they're signed up for child tax credit payments. Eligible families can expect the fifth installments of the expanded Child Tax Credit payments to arrive in their bank accounts on Monday. 2New $300 Child Tax Credit checks are on the wayCredit: Getty After the November 15 payment, parents can expect one final monthly payment in December. In 2022, families will receive the remainder of their Child Tax Credit benefit as part of their 2021 tax return. Monthly payments will stop in December unless lawmakers decide to extend the expanded program. The purpose of the bill - which was signed by Joe Biden in March - is to help families get by and to bring the US economy back to health after Covid. Before the expansion, most taxpayers had been able to reduce their federal income tax bill by up to $2,000 per child. However, under the new law, families can get an increased tax break of $3,000 for every child aged six to...
    THE next child tax credit payments will arrive in the bank accounts of millions of American families in just five days, meaning time is running out for anyone not yet enrolled to claim the cash. The deadline to use the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) non-filer tool for child tax credit was on October 15. 1The next child tax credit payment will be sent out on Nov. 15Credit: Alamy However, thanks to an application launched in partnership with the White House, US Treasury, and Code for America – you can still sign up. The GetCTC.org tool is available for those households who haven't filed tax returns for 2019 and 2020. You typically didn't have to file a tax return if you earned less than $12,200 as a single taxpayer in the 2020 tax year or $24,400 as a married couple filing jointly. To claim with the tool, you’ll need your Social Security number or an individual taxpayer ID number. The deadline to use it is on November 15 though, meaning it's just five days away. If you claim before then, you'll get the entire advance child tax...
    CALIFORNIANS will be receiving their fourth round of stimulus checks worth $500 by the end of the week. Part of the Golden State Stimulus payment, the Franchise Tax Board said most households could expect direct payments by October 31. 1Around two-thirds of the state's population will receive cash California Governor Gavin Newsom has estimated that around two-thirds of the state's population will receive cash under the Golden State Stimulus II. Following the latest batch earlier this month, the state had issued $2.33billion in pandemic-related aid. The state has said about nine million tax returns qualify for the stimulus, and it expects to identify even more by the October 15 filing deadline. WHO QUALIFIES FOR STIMULUS CHECKS? To qualify for the stimulus checks, the following must apply to you, according to the Tax Board: You must file your 2020 taxes by October 15, 2021 Have a California Adjusted Gross Income (CA AGI) of $1 to $75,000 for the 2020 tax year Have wages of $0 to $75,000 for the 2020 tax year Be a California resident for more than half...
    CHILD tax credit payments are set to dry up quicker than many families anticipate - with the IRS already almost halfway through sending checks. After September's payment, there will be just two more to go before the end of the year - unless parents opt out of monthly checks in favor of a lump sum later. 1Monthly child tax credit payments will stop before the end of the yearCredit: Getty For those receiving monthly payments containing half of the cash families qualify for, the remainder will arrive after taxes are submitted in 2022. So far, the IRS has sent out more than $30billion to families, with 80 per cent of those via direct deposit. The final three checks will be sent out on September 15, October 15 and December 15, and the rest will arrive after next year's tax season. In January, the IRS will send out letters detailing how much child tax credit each family received during 2021, and parents and carers need to use the information from that when filing tax returns to ensure they get the correct amount...
    You get regular oil changes, and you remember — even if it’s late — to swap out your AC filters from time to time. Life is full of maintenance, and our tech shouldn’t be any different. When you invest hundreds or, more likely thousands, of dollars into a gadget, you want it to last. That means some easy upkeep for your phone to keep your ports clear, your screen protected, and your phone's hardware running strong. Tap or click here for my guide to making your smartphone run like new, inside and out. The sad truth is all your tech is probably a little gross. It's not hard to clean it up; you simply need to know the best ways to do it, so you don't scratch your screens or much worse. Tap or click for steps to make your keyboard, screens, mouse, earbuds, and more sparkle. Finding and fixing problems early is critical if you want to make your gadgets last. It’s easier than you think. APPLE EXEC SAYS SHE WAS PLACED ON LEAVE AFTER RAISING SEXISM CONCERNS, OTHER WORKPLACE...
    This article was medically reviewed by Jason R. McKnight, MD, MS, a family medicine physician and clinical assistant professor at Texas A&M College of Medicine.  Medically Reviewed Reviewed By Check Mark Icon A check mark. It indicates that the relevant content has been reviewed and verified by an expert Our stories are reviewed by medical professionals to ensure you get the most accurate and useful information about your health and wellness. For more information, visit our medical review board. A normal blood oxygen level reading from a pulse oximeter should be between 95% to 100%. Peter Dazeley/Getty Images Normal blood oxygen level is either 95%-100% SpO2 on an oximeter or 80-100 mm Hg from an ABG test. ABG tests are more accurate than pulse oximeters, which have a margin of error of 2%-4%. Chronic lung conditions and infections like COVID-19 can cause dangerously low blood oxygen levels. Visit Insider's Health Reference library for more advice. Normal blood oxygen levels mean that there is enough oxygen in your red blood cells to keep your vital organs and tissues functioning properly. Related How a...
    FINDING shoes that fit isn't always an easy task, especially when you're hunting for footwear for your children who quickly grow bored of trying on different pairs. Growing fed up of never having the right-sized shoe, one mum has come up with a crafty way to make sure the shoes she buys fit her kids every time. 6One mum has revealed the hack they swear by to get the right-sized shoe for their kidsCredit: @craftymoms/Tiktok TikTok user @craftymoms shared a video revealing the parenting hack she swears by and all you need is a piece of paper, a pen and some scissors. Trying to put on a shoe too small for her daughter, she says in the clip: "Parent hack alert - the shoes you bought your kids don't fit?" The mum then reveals the answer to all your problems, as she got her daughter to stand on a piece of paper and drew the outline of her foot onto it. She cuts out the template, folds it up and sticks it in her handbag, before then...
    DAVID MOYES has called on the West Ham fans to get vaxed up and join him on a European tour. The Hammers trounced Southampton to book a place in the Europa League next season and boss Moyes delivered an on pitch message to the supporters. 3David Moyes has urged West Ham fans to get their jabs so they can go abroad for the Europa LeagueCredit: PA He said: “Make sure you're all vaccinated, get your passports out because we're going to Europe!" Moyes has turned West Ham from relegation candidates to a top six side in the space of 12 months and achieved the almost impossible – uniting a club that looked split in two at the start of the campaign. The fans are paid up members of his fan club, players have bonded behind the scenes and now there is a good chance they can even keep Declan Rice for another year at least. Moyes added: “I don't think David Sullivan, David Gold or myself have got any intention of losing Declan Rice. WIN £50,000! Play Dream Team Euros...
    TWO vital IRS portals will help parents get boosted child tax credit - and ensure they get the FULL amount of money they're entitled to. President Joe Biden said that American families will automatically receive monthly payments of up to $300 per child from July 15 under a new tax break. 3Check out these two IRS portals to boost child tax credit!Credit: Getty There have been "important changes to the child tax credit that will help many families receive advance payments starting this summer," says the IRS. And eligible Americans can get $3,600 in child tax credit in a lump sum instead of monthly payments. The payments are a key part of Democrats' Covid aid bill passed in March, to help families recover from the punishing pandemic. The monthly checks of up to $300 per child for millions of families are part of an ambitious attempt to shrink child poverty in the US. The expanded CTC payments are due to begin going out to eligible families from July 15. The credit will include children who turn age 17 in...
    Trevor Williams | DigitalVision | Getty Images As some stocks have climbed to record highs, you may have been tempted to double down on a favorite pick, like Tesla or the latest initial public offering. But at least one money expert is sounding the alarm that some investors may be overexposed to individual stocks. Christine Benz, director of personal finance at Morningstar, said she vowed to speak up the next time she saw potentially dangerous market conditions crop up, after the dot-com bust of the late 90s. "It feels like that time is here," she tweeted last week. More from Personal Finance:Here's a decade-by-decade retirement planning guideState, local tax breaks could be revived, but not without a fightSavings interest rates hit rock bottom as Americans stash more cash A sudden pullback on stocks could result in a "painful outcome" for some investors, Benz said, specifically for those who are approaching retirement and have lost sight of the amount of risk they have taken on. Investing in stocks is an uncertain bet, even for experts. In the past year, the contrast...
    nd3000 | iStock | Getty Images Start young. Look away from your 401(k) when the market freaks out. Don't sell. A lot of the investment advice you hear probably has to do with saving for retirement. Yet many people need to use the market's returns to achieve other goals, too. Often it also makes sense to invest for objectives like a down payment on a house, starting a business or sending a child to college, among other milestones that can arise long before you go gray or consider leaving work for good. "Life is so much more than retirement," said certified financial planner Peter Creedon, CEO of Crystal Brook Advisors in Mount Sinai, New York. It can be intimidating and confusing to juggle multiple goals with different timelines. CNBC spoke with financial advisors about how to best do so.First, prioritizeTo understand how to prepare for multiple goals, start by ranking those ambitions from most to least important, said CFP Douglas Boneparth, founder and president of Bone Fide Wealth in New York. Your list will be subjective, he said. "Personal...
    (CNN)At first, Angelica Guzman was taken aback by some of the replies she got when she made calls about the election. "I'm too busy to vote," one person told her."I just don't think my vote will count," another said.Now Guzman is ready with a response: "I'm somebody who can't vote. And your vote counts for me."These days, it's a message she's been spreading a lot in her free time. The 29-year-old office manager in Salt Lake City, Utah, has been working the phones with other young undocumented immigrants, racing to reach voters in the final sprint to Tuesday's election. Read MoreSome, like Guzman, are currently protected from deportation by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Others don't qualify for those protections because the Trump administration, which has tried to end the program, isn't accepting new applications for it. All of them feel they have a lot on the line in this election, even though they can't cast a ballot. In an election where 1 in 10 eligible voters is an immigrant, and where the Latino electorate could play a...
    Democratic vice presidential nominee Senator Kamala Harris speaks during the vice presidential campaign debate with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence held on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, October 7, 2020.Lucy Nicholson | Reuters During the vice presidential debate on Wednesday night, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., had a warning: "If you have a preexisting condition — heart disease, diabetes, breast cancer — they're coming for you," Harris said. "If you love someone who has a preexisting condition, they're coming for you. If you are under the age of 26 on your parents' coverage, they're coming for you." Of course, Harris was referring to President Donald Trump's efforts to strike down the Affordable Care Act. The law bans insurers from denying coverage or charging more to people with preexisting conditions, which some 1 in 4 Americans report having.  The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed into law on March 23, 2010, also required insurers to cover dependents until their 26th birthday. In a statement, Ken Farnaso, deputy national press secretary for the Trump campaign, denied that the...
    MILLIONS of Americans might miss out on their $1,200 stimulus checks due to incomplete government records. The Government Accountability Office (GAO), Congress' auditing arm, says at least 8.7 million Americans who are eligible for stimulus payments have not yet received them thanks to inadequate IRS and Treasury Department records. 2Close to 9 million Americans have yet to receive their stimulus checksCredit: Getty Images - Getty The watchdog group also called on the Centers for Disease Control to offer more guidance to local districts on how to safely reopen schools in their report published Monday. GAO said the IRS did implement several recommendations the auditing arm put forth in a report in June, but said more work needs to be done as the agency handles the unprecedented $2.6 trillion in aid passed by Congress. GAO also recommended the IRS allow those who may be eligible to file their tax returns through September 30 to receive their $1,200 checks. However, GAO said the Treasury Department and the IRS failed to update information on how many eligible people have yet to receive...
    WITH Boris Johnson on a drive to battle obesity, now’s the time to load up on fruit and veg. Dr Marios Anastasiades says: “Vegetables are rich in antioxidants and help with weight loss. Eat fruit moderately to limit your sugar intake.” We also trial fruit and veg box deliveries and multi-tasking make-up. Health with Jane Atkinson Boxxfresh 6Boxxfresh delivers super-fresh fruit and veg wrapped in brown paper Boxxfresh delivery service, from £17 at boxxfresh.com - buy now BOXXFRESH is a delivery service for those who want to know exactly what they are getting. Select your box size then fill it. I went for Isle of Wight tomatoes, cherries, parsley and broccoli. All were super-fresh and wrapped in brown paper. Add other plant-based extras such as olive oil, pesto and sweet potato loaf. No subscription needed. Abel & Cole 6Abel & Cole focus on seasonal, organic veg and deliver every Monday Abel & Cole delivery, from £13.25 a week at abelandcole.co.uk - buy now ABEL & Cole focus on seasonal, organic veg, grown as close to...
    An Australian personal trainer has revealed the 'fat loss basics' everyone trying to lose weight needs to know. Sophie Allen, 30, from Sydney, said there are nine things she swears by to keep her weight down and her muscles in shape - and while you might follow some of them, it's only when you do them all that you'll really start to see results. 'The first thing you need to do is eat less than you burn in a day,' Sophie explained on Instagram.  An Australian personal trainer has revealed the 'fat loss basics' everyone trying to lose weight needs to know (Sophie Allen pictured) RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next An 'island paradise': Inside the incredible three-bedroom... 'I ask that you don't make any more contact': Heartbroken... Bikini designer, 30, who has struggled with chronic eczema... Personal trainer, 39, reveals why quitting alcohol was the... Share this article Share Sophie (pictured) said you need to be eating fewer calories than you burn, as well as a diet rich...
    You’ve been hinting and asking … When are we going to get grandkids? Well, your kids finally called your bluff and a little bundle of joy is on the way. Peg Webb and Bruce Helmer Everyone loves grandkids. All the adorable good times, and at the end of the day, your kids take them home. Simple, right? As much as we love grandkids, too many people fail to prepare for them. Let’s face it, one way or another, you’ll want to spoil them, and you want what’s best for them and for your own kids as they raise them. Proper planning and open communication are key when you’re expecting grandchildren. SET EXPECTATIONS FOR EVERYONE, INCLUDING YOURSELVES Take a good hard look at your finances. Set boundaries for what you are able to help with. Do you want to set up a college fund? Spring for family vacations? Establish a trust? Those are expenses you probably weren’t accounting for. Look at the particulars of you situation. If you live near your grandkids, budget for incidental expenses. If you are retiring, you...
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