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The American Rescue Plan – Do YOU Qualify for Stimulus? 04.09.21

The American Rescue Plan Act 2021 is a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 economic relief package signed into law by President Biden just a few weeks ago.

Click below to watch our President, Joseph F. Eschleman, CIMA®, outline how & where YOU might qualify for this stimulus.

American Rescue Plan

Another Stimulus Bill Passed: What That Means for You

Wondering how the most recent federal stimulus bill passed by President Biden might benefit you? Hear what the President of Towerpoint Wealth has to say …

There have now been three rounds of stimulus legislated by the United States government in the ongoing effort to provide economic relief to Americans. During the coronavirus pandemic, financial support initially came in the form of an impressive $2.2 trillion Cares Act passed in March of last year. We then witnessed the passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act this past December, which included another nine hundred billion dollars in COVID-19 stimulus relief.

However, our federal government felt that neither of these packages provided enough economic relief. And in one of his first major moves in office, President Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act just last month. What can be found in this latest stimulus package? And more importantly, how might you benefit from it?

Unemployment Benefits

In addition to what your state pays, President Biden’s $1.9 trillion relief package extends federal unemployment benefits until September 6th, 2021 for an additional $300 per week. The extension of unemployment benefits delivers direct relief to millions of Americans who have lost their jobs in the wake of COVID-19. In addition to the extension, the stimulus package also includes improvements to the unemployment insurance system and additional funding for OSHA to ensure workers’ safety.

Paycheck Protection Program

Many believe that small businesses are the heart of the United States economic engine. In that vein, direct economic support for small businesses was included in the stimulus bill via new funding for the paycheck protection program, commonly known as PTP. This stimulus is directed specifically at our nation’s more than 30 million small businesses, “mom-and-pop” outfits, and nonprofits that provide essential services for our everyday lives. If you own a small business or help to operate a non-profit, it is important that you look into a potentially forgivable paycheck protection program loan.

Stimulus Checks

Eligible American taxpayers will receive direct stimulus payments of $1,400, while families with children will also receive $1,400 per dependent. There are earned income phaseouts for this latest round of direct stimulus, so be sure to check with your CPA or tax advisor to see if you qualify for the child tax credit. Previously, the Child Tax Credit offered eligible families a two thousand dollar tax credit per child under the age of 17.

With the changes made under the new American Rescue Plan Act, the child tax credit is temporarily expanding for 2021. Eligible families may now receive up to $3,600 for children five or under, and up to $3,000 for children aged six to seventeen.

More Testing & Vaccinations

The American Rescue Plan Act also provides $66 billion for COVID-19 vaccination distribution and testing and $360 billion for state and local government assistance. Another $510 million is included for FEMA emergency food and shelter programs that support the homeless and struggling families with shelter and meals, as well as direct rent, mortgage and utilities assistance.

Is your head spinning yet? Too many zeros making your eyes glaze over? Reach out to our experts at Towerpoint Wealth on Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram. We’ll walk you through how we can help you eliminate the hassle of figuring it all out, and what kind of relief you might qualify for.

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Hope for Immunity in Our Community? 03.12.2021

A year ago yesterday, on March 11, 2020, the WHO officially declared COVID-19 to be a global pandemic. Later that night, the NBA pulled the plug on two scheduled games (including the Pelicans/Kings game here in Sacramento), and then immediately suspended its season after Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell both tested positive for the disease:

NBA Immunity

The battle against coronavirus has unquestionably been a difficult, painful, arduous, and seemingly constant one over the past 12 months, with the underlying question constantly on everyone’s mind: “When will we reopen and get back to normal?” And while we are by no means at the finish line yet, at Towerpoint Wealth we believe we are much closer to the end of the pandemic than we are to the beginning of it.

Why the hope? We will let the visuals support a number of key reasons for our optimism:

Huge declines in COVID-19 cases, deaths, and hospitalizations

Widespread vaccine distribution

Extreme fiscal stimulus

Measured re-opening of the economy

Pending herd immunity

At Towerpoint Wealth, we believe it is also time to look forward, without letting our guard down, with expanding optimism and appreciation for what the future holds. Understanding we will always remain pragmatic, and avoid cockeyed optimism, we do believe that the marathon is almost at its conclusion.

What’s Happening at TPW?

Our lovely Director of Operations, Lori Heppner, along with her Bella. 🙂

Our Partner, Wealth Advisor, Jonathan LaTurner, spent a few days last month in Tulum, Mexico, doing some wedding venue due diligence with his bride-to-be, Katie McDonald. Yes, we’re all very jealous of you two, walking Tulum Beach and both looking great!

TPW Service Highlight – Charitable Giving

It used to be (and still can be) as simple as writing a check and mailing it off to your favorite charity. However, simply giving cash may not be the best, nor the most beneficial or impactful, way to be philanthropic. Fortunately, today’s donors have a myriad of gifting strategies that can increase the economic benefits of their gifts, both for the charity, as well as for you.

From charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts, and private foundations, to donor advised and pooled income funds, and from IRA qualified charitable distributions (QCDs) to charitable gift annuities, there are many options for those who are inclined towards philanthropy. Determining which charitable strategy is best for your personal circumstances can be challenging, and as experts in this field, we stand ready to help you better understand the advantages and disadvantages of each as we develop the most appropriate gifting strategy for you. Click HERE to talk more with us about your philanthropic intent and charitable gifting plan.

Issuance of Amended 2020 Form 1099s – Don’t File Too Early!

Have you received your 2020 Form 1099s in the mail or via email? Have you already received amendments to your original 1099s? Scroll down to read a newly-published report authored by our Director of Tax and Financial Planning, Steve Pitchford, to find out why we recommend NOT actually filing your tax return until early April!

The Frustrations of Form 1099 | It's Tax Time

Chart of the Week

It’s not unusual to see -2%, -5%, and even -10% pullbacks in the stock market. Frankly, we should *expect* them to happen, remain objective and not worry about them when they do, and have a plan and the flexibility to make tactical portfolio adjustments to take advantage of them when they occur.

Trending Today

In addition to shots and stocks, a number of trending and notable events have occurred over the past few weeks:

As always, we sincerely value our relationships and partnerships with you, as well as your trust and confidence in us here at Towerpoint Wealth. We encourage you to reach out to us at any time (916-405-9140, with any questions, concerns, or needs you may have. The world continues to be an extremely complicated place, and we are here to help you properly plan for and make sense of it.

– Joseph, Jonathan, Steve, Lori, Nathan, Matt, and Michelle