SIX states are sending direct payments worth up to $1,700 to millions of residents – here’s your chance to see if you qualify for the one-time funds.
As millions of Americans feel the effects of inflation, which has pushed food and gas prices to unprecedented levels, several states will make tax refund payments to their residents.
And the others act as stimulus checks given to those facing financial hardship from the Covid-19 pandemic.
But regardless, these will all be one-off payments.
Check out the states and cities sending money in July.
Eligible Chicago residents can apply for transit and fuel card money each month.
To apply, you must be a Chicago resident, be at least 18 years old, and have a current and valid city sticker with the correct shipping information for your vehicle.
Also, your income must be at or below 100 percent of the area median income for Chicago.
That’s $93,200 for a four-person household.
Every month through September, a lottery is held during the second week of the month.
Registration deadline for the next lottery is Friday July 1st.
Those selected will be notified by email.
Chicago will issue up to 50,000 $150 prepaid fuel cards and 100,000 $50 prepaid transit cards as part of the program.
Cards are distributed every month.
You can apply online, at any public library in Chicago, or by mail.
Millions in the state of Indiana started receiving their rebate payments in May.
Refunds are $125 per person and $250 for married couples.
About 4.3 million Hoosiers will receive the $125 payment, about 85 percent of the state’s adult population.
Direct deposits will be made throughout the summer, while residents who have opted for a paper check can expect them to arrive in July or August.
Any taxpayer who filed their 2020 taxes before January 3, 2022 qualifies for the money.
In addition, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has proposed returning more money to taxpayers.
If approved, each eligible Indiana resident would receive payments totaling about $350, according to the governor’s office.
Married couples applying together would receive approximately $700.
Thousands of low- and middle-income residents in Johnson County, Iowa, have applied for a one-time $1,400 stimulus check under the Direct Assistance Program, the Press-Citizen reports.
To qualify, you must meet a few criteria.
These include suffering from food or housing insecurity, losing a job or being previously excluded from government stimulus payments.
You may also qualify if you are eligible for a federal program such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or Supplemental Security Income.
As for income, it can be $45,370 or less for a one-person household, $51,870 for a two-person household, and $64,805 for a four-person household.
According to the county’s Board of Supervisors (BOS), between 2,300 and 2,400 residents are set to receive $1,400 in stimulus payments, which should reach recipients in late June or July.
However, applications for the program will be closed on Friday 27 May.
This month, Maine sent out rebate checks worth $850 per person and $1,700 for the average family.
Up to 200,000 rebate checks were sent almost every week in June.
That would mean that most of the payments would be made by the end of last month.
However, it will take some time before they reach mailboxes.
Gov. Janet Mill’s office said those who filed state taxes in 2021 can expect their money to arrive by mid-July.
To qualify for a rebate check, you must meet a few requirements.
In terms of income, an individual cannot exceed $100,000, while heads of household and couples can earn up to $150,000 and $200,000 respectively.
These are based on tax returns for 2021 to be filed by October 31st.
Ohio residents may be eligible for a one-time payment of $350 if the state’s Democrat running for governor, Nan Whaley, is elected.
The state will receive $2.68 billion under America’s bailout plan, with 7.4 million Ohio citizens receiving a financial boost to make ends meet.
Ohio is slated to receive the funds soon, but current governor Mike DeWine has not disclosed his plans for how his administration will use the funds.
Meanwhile, Governor hopeful Whaley has suggested that individual residents should receive a $350 stimulus payment, with those applying together receiving double the $700.
The income limit for individual applicants would be set at $80,000 and for joint applicants at $160,000.
The election will take place on November 8, with the winner of the 2022 gubernatorial election being sworn in on January 9, 2023.
Oregon is mailing $600 worth of stimulus checks to more than 236,000 residents.
The payments will go to low-income workers who have worked during the pandemic.
To be eligible, you must qualify and claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) on your 2020 tax return.
The filing deadline was December 31, 2021, or April 15 for an amended statement, according to the Treasury Department.
In 2020, the Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of a single person or head of household with no children must not have exceeded $15,820 for the EITC.
According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), that number was $21,710 for married couples.
If you have children, the following income limits apply:
- Singles with one child: $41,756
- Married couples with one child: $47,646
- Singles with two children: $47,440
- Married couples with two children: $53,330
- Singles with three children: $50,594
- Married, three children: $56,844
In addition, you must have lived in Oregon for the past six months to be eligible for a payment.
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