More than 200,000 Oregon workers will receive $ 600 checks from the state as soon as this week.
Oregon lawmakers in March approved the one-time incentive payments for certain low-income workers. The payments will go to Oregonians, who claimed the income tax deduction in 2020, a tax relief for low-income households, and who lived in the state for the last six months of that year.
The Oregon Department of Revenue said Wednesday it would distribute nearly $ 141.8 million to 236,000 eligible households. Payments are limited to one per. household.
About $ 82 million will be deposited directly into qualified bank accounts, while the remaining nearly $ 60 million will be mailed. The state said qualified individuals will receive the money by July 1st.
The state pays for the stimulus payments with federal pandemic support approved by Congress last year.
Rich Hoover, a spokesman for the Oregon Department of Revenue, said the payments are not subject to state or federal income tax.
House bill 4157 passed by a wide margin in both chambers of the Oregon Legislature last spring, with a handful of Republicans joining the majority Democrats to support the bill. Payments evolved from a 2021 plan for larger stimulus payments – up to $ 2,000 – to significant workers who stayed on the job during the pandemic and those who joined the workforce last fall.
Oregonians with questions can send an email to the Oregon Department of Revenue at [email protected].