As the year draws to a close, some US states are offering a final financial boost to residents in the form of December stimulus checks or tax rebates. While there’s no federal fourth stimulus check on the horizon, several states are stepping up to provide much-needed relief during the holiday season.
Alabama Leads the Way with $150 Refunds:
Residents of the Yellowhammer State who filed their 2021 Individual Income Tax return before October 17, 2022, are eligible for a cool $150 refund. That means nearly 1.9 million Alabamians could have some extra cash jingling in their pockets before the new year.
Georgia Says “Cheers” with Double Dip Refunds:
Georgians can raise a glass to two rounds of tax relief. HB 2023, signed into law in March, offers a state excise tax refund for those who filed returns in 2021 and 2022. And if Hurricane Idalia impacted you, there’s another $250 individual rebate up for grabs, with applications open until February 15, 2024.
Montana Rings in the New Year with Hefty Rebates:
The Big Sky State is showering its residents with some of the most generous December stimulus checks. On December 31st, individual Montanans will receive a Personal Income Tax refund of up to $1250, while married couples can double their joy with a $2500 bounty.
Washington Extends Deadline for Working Families:
If you live in Washington and haven’t claimed your Working Families Tax Credit yet, don’t fret! The deadline to apply has been extended to December 31st. Depending on your family’s circumstances, you could score between $300 and $1200 in sweet tax relief.
New Mexico Offers a Maytime Surprise:
New Mexicans also have something to look forward to in the new year. Taxpayers can claim up to $500 ($1000 for joint filers) based on their 2021 Personal Income Tax return. But here’s the catch: you have until May 31, 2024, to file your 2021 return. If you were prompt and filed in November, however, you could see your money as early as December. Be sure to check the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue website for more details.
Remember, These Are State-Specific Initiatives:
It’s important to remember that these December stimulus checks and tax rebates are not nationwide programs. They are specific to individual states, so only residents of those states are eligible.
Double-Check Your Eligibility:
Before you get too excited, it’s crucial to double-check your eligibility for these programs. Each state has its own set of criteria, so make sure you meet all the requirements before getting your hopes up. You can find all the necessary information and application links on the respective state government websites.
A Welcome Boost for Many:
While these state-level stimulus programs may not be as large-scale as the federal checks distributed during the pandemic, they can still provide a much-needed financial boost to many families during the holiday season. So, if you live in one of the participating states, be sure to check your eligibility and claim your rightful December stimulus!