Following the signing of legislation implementing the Disaster Relief Program, surprise stimulus payments are expected to be sent out.
Governor Mills Signed the Legislation
In a recently published article in The U.S. Sun, Governor Mills signed the bill into law in November, allocating $149.8 million in one-time compensation to Maine people who worked during the pandemic. The cash will be used to give relief and support to COVID-19 victims.
As a consequence, more than 500,000 qualified employees will get a check worth at least $285. The checks began being sent in November and will continue through December 31, arriving in time for the Christmas season and the new year.
Are You Eligible?
If you are a resident of Maine who worked during the pandemic, you may qualify for the payments. Additional needs include the following:
- As a full-year resident, you must file a 2020 Maine income tax return no later than October 31, 2021.
- Having a Federal Adjusted Gross Income (FAGI) of less than $75,000 single or married filing separately, $112,500 head of household, or $150,000 married joint or surviving spouse on your 2020 Maine income tax return.
- Receiving wages, salaries, gratuities, or other taxable employee compensation in 2020 but not being listed as a dependant on another taxpayer’s Maine income tax return for that year.
The monies, according to the state’s website, are not an advance on income taxes. They are intended to compensate residents for financial problems incurred as a consequence of the pandemic. Individuals who have not received a payment by January 21, 2022 are urged to contact Maine Revenue Services at 207-624-9924.