THE deadline for half a million Americans in Maine to request a one-time payment of $285 is today.
More than 500,000 workers are eligible for the check under the state’s disaster relief program.
The program aims to help struggling taxpayers offset financial hardships caused by the Covid pandemic.
Americans who want to claim the money have to do so by today – March 31st.
To be eligible, applicants must file an individual Maine tax return as a full-time resident for the 2020 tax year by October 31, 2021.
Single parents must have an adjusted gross income of $75,000, while the threshold for couples is $150,000.
Meanwhile, heads of household must earn less than $112,500.
Applicants must also have received wages, salaries, tips, or other taxable employee benefits in 2020.
You must not have been claimed as a dependent on someone else’s income tax return for the 2020 tax year.
Americans who received business income are not eligible for the cash boost.
Maine’s Department of Administrative and Financial Services (DAFS) told The Sun hundreds of thousands of checks had been written, but some may not have received their payments because they may have been lost or stolen.
If you haven’t received your payment, you should contact Maine Revenue Services no later than tomorrow.
The $285 check may not be the only payment headline for state residents this year.
Gov. Janet Mills wants to send Americans a check for $850.
She said the average person will spend $560 more this year compared to 2021 due to inflation.
The aid payments have yet to be approved, but the first checks could be sent out in June, according to WGME.
Meanwhile, The Sun revealed that more than half a million Americans in Delaware are likely to receive a $300 payment.
Officials hope taxpayers could receive the money before June 30.
The payments are expected to cost around $186 million and a vote on the proposal could take place in the General Assembly next month.
House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst said: “These rebates are one way we can help offset the recent hardships faced by residents and ease the burden many are facing.”
Delaware Gov. John Carney said, “I hope these direct payments will provide some measure of relief to Delaware families who are struggling with higher grocery and gas pump costs.”
Californians could get $400 for every registered vehicle they own – limited to two cars.
The aid payments are expected to total around US$9 billion.
Gov. Gavin Newsom said: “This direct relief will address the problem we are all struggling with – and that is the problem of gas prices.”
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