The Enhanced Child Tax Credit Will Hit Your Bank Account on July 15

The Enhanced Child Tax Credit (CTC) is about to drive your home finances more flexible if you have children to the age of 17. At least 36 million homes will be impacted by this Biden administration’s aid. From July 15, eligible bank accounts will see a deposit, courtesy of Uncle Sam.

Even those who didn’t file their tax return in 2019 and 2020 still can get the money from IRS if they prepare their tax file with IRS, and IRS will assist those who need help. Follow this link to get the free prep, https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p5532.pdf

Most of the parents with children under the age of 6 will receive $3,600 per child in total. The parents will get $300 a month for each child under 6, and $250 a month for each child between ages 6 – 17 respectively from July to December. They can then claim the rest of the amount on their tax return next year.

This enhanced Child Tax Credit is intended to be a big help to the lower to middle-class income families.

Under the American Rescue Plan, this enhanced CTC will give $3,600 for each child under age 6 and $3,000 for each child between ages 6 to 17.  The original CTC excluded those who turned into17 and was limited to $2,000 per child. Basically, under the Biden administration, at least $1,000 to $1,600 increase is possible from the original CTC.

Aside from having children who are 17 or younger as of December 31, 2021, families will only qualify for the expanded credit if they fall below certain income thresholds:

  • $75,000 or less for single taxpayers
  • $112,500 or less for heads of household
  • $150,000 or less for married couples filing a joint return and qualified widows and widowers

The IRS on Tuesday said it had created a website that will allow people to check whether they qualify for the benefit, called the Child Tax Credit Eligibility Assistant. To check whether you’ll receive the payments, you’ll need either your 2020 or 2019 tax return (if you haven’t yet filed for 2020). The IRS said if people don’t have a copy of their return, they may be able to use an estimate based on their W-2s or 1099s to determine eligibility.

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Church Clinic Series: Faith Productivity high

On July 26, 2021, at 7:30 PM, Church Clinic will sponsor another lecture on the series: Change to Church by the Pandemic.

미디어를 통한 다양한 사역을 통해 복음의 생산성을 높여보자

교회 함께 가자 처치클리닉(대표 손기성 목사)에서는 오는 26() 저녁7:30 팬데믹이 바꾼 교회 환경, 미디어와 교회라는 주제로 7 강좌가 진행된다. 강의는 빅토빌예수마음교회를 감임한 김성일 목사가맡아 한다. 김목사는 다양한 미디어들을 활용하여 어려운 이민 목회 사역과 지역 목회자들 간의 관계들을 돈독케했다. 그는 KAPC 교단 내에서도 미디어에 관련해서 교단과 교회에 여러 도움들을 주었고, 지역언론이나 매체들을 통해 기고하여 많은 관심있는 많은 분들에게 도움을 주기도 했다.  현재는 교단 총무로 섬기고있다.  목사는 오랜 시간 동교단에서 봐왔는데 홈페이지를 만들고 사이트를 관리하는 작업이 아닌 주변에간단하게 보고 접할  있는 미디어 기기들을 통해 복음을 전하고 사역을 효과적으로 강화해 나가는 방법을 이용하시는 분이다. 본인이 직접 미디어를 통한 목회를 다양하게 펼쳐온 부분을 제시할 것이다. 어렵지않게 쉽게 목회자들이 따라하면  도움이 되리라 본다. 특히 펜대믹의 상황이 쉽게 진정될 것같지 않은 지금 상황과 목회자들이 자신이 처한 환경속에서 사역의 생상성을 극대화 시켜볼  있는 기회를 경험하게 것이라 생각한다. 목회자  아니라 요즘 줌이나 유튜버 같은 소셜미디어들을 통해 당양한 사역들을 경험하고 있고, 생각이 있는 분이라면 누구나 참여가 가능하다.” 했다. 자세한 문의는 703-334-7602 혹은[email protected] 하면된다. 온라인으로 진행되며 사전접수가 필요하다

The lecture will be presented by Pastor Sung-Il Kim, who has used social media extensively to reach out to the public about the Word of faith. He will explain how to do more than just maintaining a website in promulgating the Word of God.

Anyone interested may attend the lecture; it will be available online. Registration will also be open online, and registration prior to the event is necessary.

Those interested may call 1-703-334-7602 or e-mail [email protected]

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Two Haitian-Americans arrested for assassination of Haiti’s President

Around pre-dawn on July 7, 2021, President Moïse was assassinated, and First Lady Martine was injured during an attack at their residence in Pétion-Ville. Prime Minister Claude Joseph became Acting President and immediately blamed the attack on “a group of unidentified individuals, some of whom spoke in Spanish and English.” Joseph stated that he was now in control of the country.

Four people in total were killed at the scene, and two are still missing. Two people have been arrested as suspects in the assassination. These two suspects that are under custody are Haitian Americans who hid in bushes but were later captured by Haitian police. The crowd yelled out to seek justice for their President’s assassination in protest.

Pres. Moïse had named Ariel Henry, a neurosurgeon as the next prime minister just one day before he was assassinated. At the moment, PM Joseph is in charge, rather than Ariel Henry. Although Haiti’s law states that the Supreme Court Chief Justice would replace the President, the Chief Justice had recently passed away from Covid-19.

Haiti had been struggling even more so in recent years, as uncontrolled inflation and gang violence plague the island nation, and people are struggling to secure food and fuel. 60 percent of the population earns less than $2 a day while trying to recover from the 2010 earthquake and Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

Pres. Moïse had faced harsh criticism and protest from the populous for trying to open up elections and make the process more democratically friendly. It is not clear who will succeed Moïse’s legacy and what will happen to the power vacuum in Haiti.

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The Ever Given is finally FREE

The Ever Given Cargo vessel, Panama flagged cargo ship, with a Japanese owner Shoei Kisen Kaisha Ltd.) finally reached the deal on the price of blocking the Suez Canal with the Egyptian authorities on Wednesday.

Under the pandemic, this cargo vessel stalled at the Suez for over 3 months and is finally free to move onto its final destination with help, as a tugboat came to pull the ship out to the Mediterranean Sea. According to AP, “A deal that achieved justice and prioritized both parties’ interests has been reached,” Lt. Gen. Ossama Rabei, head of the Suez Canal said. “It ended a crisis that lasted for more than three months.”

The original price tag was $916 million in compensation but has since lowered to $550 million with a tugboat in its settlement. The compensation will cover the salvage operation, costs of stalled canal traffic, and lost transit fees for the six days the Ever Given had blocked the Suez canal. This vessel was supposed to go to the Dutch port of Rotterdam on March 23 but didn’t make it due to the ship being stuck at the canal after slammed banks of the canal about 3.7miles north of the southern entrance.

Hundreds and thousands of ships behind it were equally stalled, waiting to pass through for at least a week, while some ships turned around to take other routes, like the Cape of Good Hope at South Africa. While the Ever Given ship was stuck in the Suez, some economic crisis concerns such as supply shortage and rising prices were experienced by the global economy, which was already suffering from the pandemic.

The Ever Given cargo vessel was directed to and stayed at the Great Bitter Lake in Egypt for more than 3 months due to the pending settlement issue with Egyptian authority. It is only now that the Ever Given will continue its way home, with $550 million paid to pass through.

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The U.S. left more than 100,000 items behind in Afghanistan

Per President Biden’s order, the U.S. military has left Afghanistan. Also left behind, is 20 years’ worth of “things.” The Afghani military showed up on Monday at the airbase and found more than 100,000 items on the base. Most of the items are day-to-day items such as food, bottled water, and energy bars. But the U.S. military also left about 1,000 civilian vehicles and ammunition that can be used for short-range shootings. According to NPR, The Afghan military said that the U.S. military didn’t notify of their departure to the new Afghanistan’s base commander prior to leaving.

The Pentagon recently announced that all military from Afghanistan will withdraw by the end of August. The U.S. military in Bagram airbase, the biggest airfield in the country was so quickly vacated that much of their belongings were simply left behind when the new base commander arrived just after 2 hours. What the rush was about, no one knows at the moment.

“We [heard] some rumor that the Americans had left Bagram, and finally by seven o’clock in the morning, we understood that it was confirmed that they had already left Bagram,” General Mir Asadullah Kohistani, Bagram’s new commander said.

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Biden Eliminates Three Major Trump Policies

President Biden signed Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolutions on Wednesday to eliminate three of Trump’s stances during his time in office: climate change, finance, employment discrimination claims.

Pres. Biden stated, “I’m about to sign into law three bills … protecting our planet from climate disturbing greenhouse gas, particularly methane, which is devastating, protecting consumers from predatory lenders and protecting workers from employment discrimination,” and added, “Each of these bills reflects a return to common sense and commitment to the common good.”

The CRA only requires a simple majority vote in both chambers and presidential approval. As Democrats are the majority in both chambers, there were no expected hardships in passing the bill.

The CRA was equally used by then-Pres. Trump to eliminate many of his predecessor’s regulations, some of which will be restored by the Biden administration.

The climate rule that Biden got rid of included a weakened regulation of methane under Trump’s rule. Pres. Biden took it back to 2016 Obama-era regulations that encouraged the use of clean fuels which minimizes methane output; methane is known to be one of the more impactful greenhouse gases.

Another rule allowed lenders to offer loans at interest rates that exceed state limits if they team up with a federally chartered bank headquartered in a state with a higher cap. The Trump administration argued that the rule clears up uncertainty surrounding who the “true lender” is in such cases, but opponents said it allows lenders to charge consumers higher rates,” according to The Hill.

The employment discrimination against employees due to more information requiring to get a job will be removed. Under the Trump administration, more information was required of people to clarify their “identity” and fit for the job. The Trump administration said the additional information would improve transparency, while critics said it could lead to retaliation because employers would be able to [better identify] victims and witnesses, with employers also having an advantage in potential litigation through early access to information.”

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Heat Wave in the Northwest, Flood Warning in the Northeast

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A prolonged heatwave hit the Pacific Northwest last week and the Northeast is now in a flood warning situation. According to the national weather forecast from Weather.gov, the heatwave expanded into the Northern High Plains from the Northwest, and the Northern Rockies. In the Northeast, after almost 100 degrees temperatures with high humidity on the last day of June, severe weather with a flood warning is in effect for the evening.

National Weather service’s excessive heat warning is still in effect for the Pacific Northwest, from July 1st to the 4th of July. In the meantime, the weather forecast warns of rain all day long with cooler temperatures but severe thunderstorms capable of causing floods for the Northeast.

A cold front is moving slowly up the southeast coast of the U.S. into the Northeast and the Mid-Atlantic. While the front will bring brief relief from the hot and muggy days, the air mass is so buoyant, it is likely to also bring severe thunderstorms. Both floods and high winds are risks, as they also have the capacity of knocking the electricity down. Storms may also produce rainfalls in excess of 1″ per hour leading to the risk for flash flooding. A Marginal Risk is in effect for the Southeast on Friday for rain totals in excess of 1″.

Folks living in areas from the Ohio Valley to the Southwest as far down as the Mid-Mississippi Valley to Southeastern Kansas may also see excessive rainfall as well as cold front heads in that direction. These would be flash flood warnings, as the soil conditions are also known to be saturated and would not absorb the rainfall as easily. Tropical Storm Enrique will be dropping some much-needed rain and thunderstorms into the Desert in the Southwest, although as always, excessive rainfall concerns are to be noted.

High temperatures will remain at or below normal for this time of year across the southern U.S., with daily highs mainly in the 80s.

The areas in much need of water, such as California and the Pacific Northwest will continue to experience sunny days, unfortunately.

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United Airlines To Expand, Buying 270 New Planes

United Airlines announced that it has ordered 270 new aircraft for domestic travelers. Since the pandemic, there has been a rebound of domestic travelers instead of international travelers. As a result, United Airlines will be replacing the older aircraft, improve seatback entertainment, and space for carry-on bags with new aircraft features.

According to United Airlines, this is the “the largest combined order in the airline’s history and the biggest by an individual carrier in the last decade,” and “The ‘United Next’ plan will have a transformational effect on the customer experience and is expected to increase the total number of available seats per domestic departure by almost 30%, significantly lower carbon emissions per seat and create tens of thousands of quality, unionized jobs by 2026, all efforts that will have a positive, ripple effect across the broader U.S. economy.”

“Our United Next vision will revolutionize the experience of flying United as we accelerate our business to meet a resurgence in air travel,” said United CEO Scott Kirby. “By adding and upgrading this many aircraft so quickly with our new signature interiors, we’ll combine friendly, helpful service with the best experience in the sky, all across our premier global network. At the same time, this move underscores the critical role United plays in fueling the broader U.S. economy – we expect the addition of these new aircraft will have a significant economic impact on the communities we serve in terms of job creation, traveler spending, and commerce.”

United Airlines received $54 billion in federal aids, and most of them were grants. The government gave aids to US-based Airlines in exchange for not cutting jobs or pay rates, though thousands of workers received furlough notice from the companies and received cut pay rates for certain periods of time.

For example, while American Airlines furloughed almost 20% of its workers, it also paid out $1.4 million bonuses for the CEO last year, drawing criticism.

However, many airline employees chose to move onto other jobs, and now, airlines are struggling to fill their rosters, although United is hiring again for the new aircraft operations in its 7 hubs. According to United Airlines, at least 25,000 jobs will be created with new aircraft orders. Currently, the airline supports about 68,000 union jobs, and 89% of jobs are mostly the airline’s total domestic workforce. Some of this hiring will be done at D.C.’s Dulles Airport hub.

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Condo Collapse in FL bring Safety Concerns

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Missing people went up to 159 from 99 on Friday. At midnight, a part of the condo complex suddenly collapsed in Miami-Dade County on June 24. Uncounted people could still be buried under the rubble although rescuers have found three more people on Friday. As of Friday, 4 people were dead and more than 100 people are being considered dead.  Miami-Dade County Mayor, Daniella Levine Cava stated, “I want to be very clear about the numbers,” but “They’re very fluid, We’ll continue to update you as we have them.” at the press conference.

She added “As we work tirelessly and stand united-local municipal, county, state and now federal support we are going to work as hard as we can to continue our search and rescue effort,” and “That is our priority, that is where we’re focused and protecting our first responders who are on the scene.” The mayor said the people evacuated from the building are being provided food, shelter, cash to assist with their basic needs.

President Biden approved an emergency declaration on Friday morning authorizing the DHS and FEMA to coordinate disaster relief efforts as well. Florida rescuers try to hear sounds from under the rubbles to identify survivors. Condo owners are suing the building’s association. This 12-floor building was built in 1981, and the building safety issues surfaced for the public view after this disaster happened.

People are grieving the loss of their loved ones, while others are still waiting for their loved ones to survive and return safely.

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Pandemic Changes Peoples’ Preference

People in the U.S. are changing their minds about many things now that they’ve experienced a pandemic. They prefer to do more family-oriented things than spend that time at work. In April 2021 alone, 4 million workers quit their jobs. Since the pandemic hit, many people have been working from home or at places near their homes. As a result, more workers are hesitant to return to a life of extensive commuting time or to the office, where they have to spend needless hours engaging in things like work politics.

According to the Labor Department, the U.S. population wants more money, easier or no commute, and more flexibility in terms of their employment. People would rather spend the time to be with their family than spend it at the office. As corporations seek to bring people back post-pandemic, they are facing increasing hesitation and friction against returning to the office, especially now that many workers have finally adjusted back to working from home. Furthermore, many workers have also realized that they can perform their jobs at home, as last year is evidence of this.

People are reassessing what they value in light of the pandemic. That promotion doesn’t seem as attractive now as it might have been prior to the pandemic. Some people have realized that they earn more money from unemployment than from their minimum-wage jobs and are reevaluating their options. The fact is that the labor market is currently lacking incentives for people to want to return to the ways prior to the pandemic.

The shortage of workforce might lead to the end of the debate of raising the minimum wage; if no one wants to work at minimum wage, then those jobs will not be filled. Some companies requiring minimum wage workers are now attempting to lure in workers using “sign-up bonuses” and other incentives to get people back to the office.

However, most people are now demanding flexible work arrangements and higher pay, especially now that they know these things are possible. The labor market will have to meet the demands of its desired workers or not have the supply of workers they need. Simple economic concept.

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