You might be eligible for a third stimulus payment of $1400

You might be eligible for stimulus payments, even if you don’t have a permanent address, income, job, or bank account.

Many people who don’t normally file a tax return and don’t receive federal benefits may be eligible to receive Economic Impact Payments (EIPs), also known as stimulus payments, but may not realize it. This includes those without a permanent address, income, a job, or a bank account.  In addition, a December 2020 law changed eligibility requirements for EIPs. Now, some people who don’t meet the Social Security Number requirements can get the third EIP for each qualifying dependent if those dependents have SSNs.

 

Eligibility: Income limits apply, but generally, people are eligible for the third EIP if they:

  • are a U.S. citizen or U.S. resident alien,
  • are not another taxpayer’s dependent, and
  • have an SSN that is valid for employment (for the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit) or a valid SSN (for the third Economic Impact Payment).

Special rules apply to filers who do not have an SSN if they have qualifying dependents.

 

The third Economic Impact Payment amount is:

  • $1,400 for an eligible individual with a valid Social Security number ($2,800 for married couples filing a joint return if both spouses have a valid Social Security number or if one spouse has a valid Social Security number and one spouse was an active member of the U.S. Armed Forces at any time during the taxable year)
  • $1,400 for each qualifying dependent with a valid Social Security number or Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number issued by the IRS

 

Unlike the first two payments, the third payment is not restricted to children under 17. Eligible individuals will get a payment based on all their qualifying dependents claimed on their return, including older relatives like college students, adults with disabilities, parents and grandparents.

 

For more information on EIP eligibility requirements, visit Third Economic Impact Payment on IRS.gov.

 

Eligible people can receive the third Economic Impact Payment by:

  • Using IRS Free File to file a Form 1040 for tax year 2020, or
  • Using the Non-filer Sign-up tool on IRS.gov, which can help people who don’t normally file a tax return get advance payments of the Child Tax Credit as well as Economic Impact Payments and the Recover Rebate Credit.

 

The FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is a temporary monthly broadband bill discount for qualifying low-income households

 

  • Up to a $50/month discount on broadband service and associated equipment rentals
  • Up to a $75/month discount for household on qualifying Tribal lands
  • One-time discount up to $100 for laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50)
  • One monthly service discount and one device discount allowed per household.

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File Your Taxes for Credits Up to $15,000

Filing your taxes this year is a must!

If you don’t you could be missing out on thousands of dollars (up to $15,000) intended to help stabilize individuals and families during these tough times.

MORE STIMULUS MONEY IS AVAILABLE BUT YOU MUST FILE BY MAY 17TH!

 

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  • Did you receive any or all of the $600, $1200 or $1400 Stimulus Payments?

If you did, then you likely qualify.  If not, you may still qualify, but you need to file your taxes with the IRS

  • Did you have any earnings in 2020?

If so, you may qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (ETIC)

-as much as $1500 if you do not have children OR up to $6000 if you have kids.

  • Do you have kids?

If so, you may qualify for $3,000 for each child ($3,600 if the child is under 6) through the Child Tax Credit (CTC) but you need to file with the IRS.

 

 

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Example – A parent with 2 children under six without a job or other earnings would get: 1st Stimulus Payment : $1200+$1000 [$500 dependent x 2] = $2200 + 2nd Stimulus Payment: $600 x 3 = $1800 + 3rd Stimulus Payment: $1400 stimulus x 3 = $4200 + CTC $3600 x 2 = $7200   TOTAL: $15,400

 

 

HOW DO I APPLY?

 

Press Release Emergency Rental Utility Assistance Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Connecticut Legal Services joins with Greater Hartford Legal Aid, New Haven Legal Assistance, and Statewide Legal Services, in partnership with Connecticut’s Department of Housing, under Unite CT., a new state program to provide rental and utility assistance to qualified Connecticut households financially impacted by COVID-19.

“COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on our clients who already faced numerous challenges in meeting their basic needs,” Deborah Witkin, executive director of Connecticut Legal Services, said. “We look forward to working with our partners in Unite CT to ensure that our clients can maintain stable housing during one of the most destabilizing times our community has experienced. This program will help our clients begin to address the effects of the pandemic.”

Read the full press release

COMPLAINT FILED DISCRIMINATORY DISTRIBUTION AND ALLOCATION OF COVID-19 VACCINE

CLS leads the effort in filing a Complaint with the U.S. Office for Civil Rights on behalf of our low-income clients, people who are Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, and all other nonwhite racial identities in CT.

 

Read our press release OCR complaint Covid-19 Vaccine Discrimination

 

THREE LEGAL SERVICES PROGRAMS FILE COMPLAINT WITH FEDERAL OFFICE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS TO INVESTIGATE DISCRIMINATORY DISTRIBUTION AND ALLOCATION OF COVID-19 VACCINE BY CONNECTICUT

 

On March 8, 2021 attorneys with Connecticut Legal Services, Greater Hartford Legal Aid and New Haven Legal Assistance Association filed a Complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), on behalf of their low-income clients who are people who are Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, and all other nonwhite racial identities in CT (BIPOC), including those with disabilities.  The complaint requests that OCR investigate Connecticut’s COVID-19 allocation plan that was announced on February 22, 2021 which violates Title Vl of Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, Title Il of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, by:

 

  • imposing eligibility criteria for the COVID-19 vaccine that discriminate against and unfairly burden nonwhite individuals protected by law;
  • refusing to reasonably modify its COVID-19 vaccine policy so that it no longer discriminates against nonwhite individuals and those with disabilities and pre-existing conditions.

 

Governor Lamont announced a change in vaccination allocation policy which now almost exclusively prioritizes age to determine one’s eligibility. The former policy took into account the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and followed the recommendations of CT’s own COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Group’s Vaccine Allocation Subcommittee which prioritized people with underlying medical conditions and certain types of essential workers, such as grocery store and agricultural field workers, who were slated to be eligible for the vaccine on March 1st.  The new policy ignores those recommendations, and simply prioritizes age, with the exception of teachers and childcare providers, while continuing to include first responders and healthcare workers.

 

Data shows several things about CT’s BIPOC residents:

  • More likely to be working in essential jobs that regularly expose them to the virus
  • More likely to live in tightly cramped housing
  • More likely to use public transportation
  • More likely to have pre-existing conditions and comorbidities

 

“All of these factors contribute to Black and brown Connecticut residents contracting COVID-19 at higher rates, and dying of it at higher rates,” attorney Kristen Noelle Miller Hatcher of Connecticut Legal Services said. She added, “in fact, in CT Black and brown people are dying younger when they contract COVID-19, making it even more critical that the allocation of the vaccine not be done simply by age, and that they need to instead prioritize people with underlying conditions and with high risks of exposure- especially those fellow residents who need to go to their jobs and are unable to work remotely, as the state’s earlier plan appropriately provided.”

 

NEWS COVERAGE:

 

https://ctmirror.org/2021/03/08/vaccine-rollouts-discriminates-against-ct-residents-of-color-federal-complaint-alleges/

https://www.courant.com/coronavirus/hc-news-coronavirus-vaccination-racial-discrimination-complaint-20210308-xhbm63om6ncgtcukuppybsadvu-story.html

 

 

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

Protect Yourself and Avoid COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

 

 As COVID-19 vaccine distribution begins, here are signs of potential scams:

  • You are asked to pay out of pocket to get the vaccine.
  • You are asked to pay to put your name on a vaccine waiting list or to get early access.
  • Advertisements for vaccines through social media platforms, email, telephone calls, online, or from unsolicited/unknown sources.
  • Marketers offering to sell or ship doses of the vaccine for payment.

Protect Yourself. Do not give out your personal information to unknown sources.

If you believe you have been the victim of COVID-19 fraud, immediately report it to:

  • HHS-OIG Hotline: 1-800-HHS-TIPS I tips.hhs.gov
  • FBI Hotline: 1-800-CALL-FBI I ic3.gov
  • CMS/Medicare Hotline: 1-800-MEDICARE

PDF Flyer: COVID-19 Vaccine Scams (PDF)

State of Connecticut has relaunched the THRAP rental assistance program for Connecticut

The State of Connecticut has relaunched the THRAP rental assistance program for Connecticut residents impacted by COVID. Information on how to apply is on the flyers.

Download the English & Spanish Flyers:

TRHAP Phase 2 Flyer English

TRHAP Phase 2 Flyer Spanish

Applicants may visit https://www.chfa.org/trhap and directly
input their information into the TRHAP Portal.

Applicants may contact the Call Center at 860-785-3111, and an
agent will enter the data directly into the TRHAP Portal for them.

 

 

 

Governor Announces Launch of New Paid Leave Authority Website To Help Navigate Paid Leave in Connecticut

Connecticut Legal Services and its partners fought to get Paid Family Sick Leave legislation passed in Connecticut.  It is set to begin on January 1, 2021 and benefits will be accessible the following year.  The Governor announced a new website that will help all residents navigate the program.  Check it out here…

New Paid Leave Authority Website To Help Navigate Paid Leave in Connecticut

https://ctpaidleave.org/