MAINE residents may be eligible for a surprise incentive check of $285 or more before Christmas and New Years.
The surprise payments come months after the last $1,400 checks, excluding President Joe Biden’s US bailout, were sent in March.
In November, Governor Janet Mills signed on to the Maine Disaster Relief Program, which allowed the mailing of a check worth $285 or more to more than 500,000 eligible employees.
Mills hopes the payments “will help families in Maine somewhat over the holiday season as we work to fully restore our economy.”
Maine’s emergency plan aims to help residents affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The budget provides $149.8 million for one-time incentive checks to Mainers who worked during the pandemic.
Payments will be rolled out from November through December 31.
Americans who are not residents of Maine may still be eligible for a surprise incentive payment from their local government if they live in certain states.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE PAYMENT?
To be eligible for Maine’s allowance, residents must:
- Filed an individual Maine income tax return before October 31, 2021 as a full-year resident for the 2020 tax year. Information included on returns filed after October 31, 2021 will not be considered in determining your eligibility for the exemption.
- Federally adjusted gross income for the 2020 tax year that is less than:
- $150,000 if married files a joint return or an eligible widow or widower
- $112,500 if filing as head of household
- $75,000 if single or married files separately.
- Wages, salaries, tips or other taxable employee wages received during the 2020 tax year.
- Not claimed as charged to another taxpayer income tax return for the 2020 tax year.
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WHEN DO MAINERS GET THEIR PAYMENTS?
The first batch of checks began on November 15.
The state will send out six batches in the coming weeks.
The last checks are expected before December 31.
All distribution will be completed by mailing paper checks to those who qualify.
If residents have not received their payment by January 31, 2022, they are advised to contact the Maine Revenue Services at 207-624-9924.
Proof of eligibility is required no later than March 31, 2022.
If it is determined that you are eligible for the disaster relief benefit, you will receive a paper check no later than June 30, 2022.
If you are determined to be ineligible, you will be notified in writing.
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