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Community Information Update:

Canada Opens Border to Fully Vaccinated US Citizens on August 9, 2021

July 19 – Canadian officials announced they will allow fully vaccinated US citizens into Canada on August 9, 2021 and those from the rest of the world on September 7, 2021. In addition to having a traditional passport, US citizens will be required to:

  • Receive the full series of a vaccine – or combination of vaccines – accepted by the Government of Canada at least 14 days prior to entering Canada;
  • Provide COVID-19-related information electronically through ArriveCAN (app or web portal) including proof of vaccination prior to departing for Canada (subject to limited exceptions);
  • Meet the pre-entry testing requirements;
  • Be asymptomatic upon arrival; and
  • Have a paper or digital copy of their vaccination documentation in English or French (or certified translation, along with the original) ready to show a government official on request.

All travelers must still present a suitable quarantine plan, and be prepared to quarantine, should they not meet all of the conditions required to be exempt from quarantine. They will also be required to follow public health measures in place, such as monitoring for signs and symptoms of COVID-19, wearing a mask when in public and keeping a copy of their vaccination documentation and test results – as well as a list of close contacts and locations visited – for 14 days after entry to Canada. For air travel, passengers continue to have to wear a mask in Canadian airports and on board flights to, from and within Canada, with few exceptions, and regardless of their vaccination status.



FEMA Providing Financial Assistance for COVID-19-related Funeral Expenses

On April 12, 2021, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will begin providing financial assistance for funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020 for deaths related to coronavirus (COVID-19) to help ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the pandemic. To be eligible for funeral assistance, you must meet these conditions:

  • The death must have occurred in the United States, including the US territories and DC
  • The death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to COVID-19
  • The applicant must be a US citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after January 20, 2020
  • There is no requirement for the deceased person to have been a US citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien

Complete program information and how to apply is available at https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance#.


American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

The following summary information is from UHY LLC, and can be viewed at https://uhy-us.com/insights/2021/march/biden-signs-american-rescue-plan-act?utm_source=alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=mi_arpa:

Stimulus checks

  • A new round of stimulus checks will be coming to households this year. For each eligible taxpayer that is below the income thresholds listed below, the advanced payment will be $1,400 ($2,800 for married filing jointly) plus an additional $1,400 for each dependent of the taxpayer. Therefore, a family of four will be eligible for an advance payment of up to $5,600.
    Taxpayers below the following thresholds will receive 100% of the advance payment, with the amount of the payment phased down with adjusted gross income exceeding these limits:

Married filing jointly - $150,000, advance payment reduced to zero at $160,000 and above
Head of household - $112,500, advance payment reduced to zero at $120,000 and above
All other taxpayers - $75,000, advance payment reduced to zero at $80,000 above

Expanded child tax credit with advanced payments
• For 2021, subject to phase-outs, the child tax credit (“CTC”) has been increased to $3,000 per child ($3,600 per child under the age of 6 at end of 2021) from $2,000 per child. In addition, for 2021 17-year-old children are eligible for the CTC. The extra amount of CTC ($1,000 or $1,600 for children under 6) is phased out with taxpayers above the following modified adjusted gross income thresholds:

  • Married, filing jointly - $150,000

  • Head of household - $112,500

  • All other taxpayers - $75,000

The $2,000 base CTC is subject to the phase out rules from the law prior to ARPA.

Beginning in July 2021 through December 2021, the IRS will issue monthly advance payments of the CTC equivalent to 1/12 of the expected CTC based on either the taxpayers 2020 tax return, or if 2020 has not been filed, their 2019 return.

Example – Assume taxpayer A is below the income thresholds and would be eligible for a CTC of $6,000 (two eligible children). The IRS will send advance monthly payments of $500 per month ($3,000 total for period) beginning in July 2021.

Child and dependent care credit

  • ARPA makes the child and dependent care credit refundable while also increasing the percentage of the credit, the qualifying expense limits, and the phase out range. The credit is increased to 50% (from 35%) of eligible expenses of up to $8,000 (increased from $3,000) for one qualifying individual or $16,000 (increased from $6,000) for two or more qualifying individuals.
  • For taxpayers with adjusted gross income in excess of $125,000, the applicable percentage of 50 percent is reduced by one percent for every $2,000. Thus, taxpayers with adjusted gross income in excess of $185,000 will be limited to a 20 percent credit. For taxpayers with adjusted gross income in excess of $400,000 the applicable percentage will be further reduced, by one percent for every $2,000. Thus taxpayers with adjusted gross income in excess of $440,000 will not be eligible for the child and dependent care credit.
     

St. Clair County COVID-19 Community Resources:

St. Clair County Health Department

 

State of Michigan COVID-19 and Vaccine Resources

 

 

St. Clair County Community Mental Health

 

State of Michigan Mental Health Resources

 

DTE Energy

 

SEMCO ENERGY Gas Company

 

AT&T

 

Community Foundation of St. Clair County


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