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Half a million Maine residents receive emergency checks for COVID-19

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Payments begin on November 15 and continue through the end of December.

Maine Governor Janet Mills AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — More than half a million Maine residents will receive $285 disaster relief by the end of the year due to a coronavirus pandemic relief plan.

Payments begin on November 15 and continue through the end of December. The one-time aid payments are part of the state budget and are intended to help people who worked in the early days of the pandemic, Democratic government leader Janet Mills said.

Payments will come in by paper check. They go to people who lived full-time in Maine and earned wages, salaries, tips and other taxable income during tax year 2020 and reported it through tax returns, the governor’s office said.

To qualify, residents must also have adjusted gross income of less than $75,000, or $150,000 if filing jointly, the office said.

Mills said she hopes the payments “will help families in Maine in a limited way over the holiday season as we work to fully recover our economy.”

The state tax inspector has determined that 524,754 individuals from Maine are eligible for payment, the governor’s office said.


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