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Surprise $285 ‘stimulus’ check rolled out to more than half a MILLION Americans

HALF million Main residents will receive an incentive check in the coming weeks.

Governor Janet Mills announced that earlier this month a bipartisan bill was passed that allows for a check for $285.

Maine residents will soon receive a surprise bonus payment in the mail

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Maine residents will soon receive a surprise bonus payment in the mailCredit: Getty
No additional action is required to receive payment

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No additional action is required to receive paymentCredit: Getty

The governor hopes the payment will “help Maine families, to some extent, during the holiday season as we work to fully recover our economy.”

AM I ELIGIBLE?

It depends on a person’s income and work history whether he is eligible for the benefit. No other action is required to apply for a check as the state tax authorities determine who is eligible.

To get paid, a person has worked a lot until 2020 and filed a tax return. Payment is by Gov. Mills described it as a “risk payment” to help the people “who have kept our state through the pandemic”.

Those listed as claimed dependents on a tax return are not eligible.

Tax returns will also determine eligibility based on income. Heads of households or singles earning $75,000 less per year get a check.

Couples filing jointly with annual gross incomes of less than $150,000 can also expect payment.

WHEN WILL I GET MY CHECK?

The first round of checks is stamped on November 15, and six batches will be shipped over the next few weeks.

The final round of audits is expected to take place on December 31, just before the end of the year.

Paper checks will be mailed out to everyone who qualifies.

As prices rise across the economy, many families struggle to survive.

Read our stimulus checks live blog for the latest updates on Covid-19 aid…

A fourth stimulus check by the federal government seems unlikely as Congress has yet to agree on a decision. However, the state governments have shouldered the burden and granted extra money to low-income families.

Parents can also check on the IRS website to see if they qualify for a child tax credit.

Families get $300 for each child under 6 and $250 for children between 6 and 17.

You can find out if you qualify and apply for the next payment on the Child Tax Credit page on the IRS website.

Anyone who has not received their payments can register with the IRS.

The payments are currently scheduled to run until the end of 2021. However, the Democrats are trying to continue CTC payments through next year or even make them permanently refundable.

Checks must be sent to residents before the end of the year

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Checks must be sent to residents before the end of the yearCredit: Getty
Suitability depends on income and work history

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Suitability depends on income and work historyCredit: Getty

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