The American Rescue Plan Act provides sweeping relief measures

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On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The $1.9 trillion law is intended to provide far-reaching relief from the economic and other repercussions of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to funding for testing, contact tracing, vaccinations, education, and state and local governments, the ARPA includes extensive relief that could directly impact your finances.

Recovery rebates

Under the ARPA, many people will receive a third round of direct payments (which the law calls recovery rebates). It provides for direct payments of $1,400 — plus $1,400 per dependent — for single tax filers with adjusted gross income (AGI) up to $75,000 per year, heads of households with AGI up to $112,500 and married couples with AGI up to $150,000. The rebates phase out when AGI exceeds $80,000, $120,000 and $160,000, respectively. Dependents include adult dependents, such as college students and qualifying family members.

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