Maine rResidents may be eligible to receive up to $850 in COVID-19 relief from a state budget surplus, providing financial assistance to deal with pandemic-induced economic strains and inflation.
About 858,000 Mainers will be eligible for a relief check as long as they complete the necessary paperwork to claim their payments by the end of October. To be eligible, applicants must be year-round residents of the state and file a 2021 Maine tax return by October 31.
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“What this budget shows once again, through hard work and good faith negotiations, Democrats, Republicans and Independents can come together to do what’s right for the people of Maine,” said Governor Janet Mills. “And that we can do this without the bitter feelings or partisanship that has sometimes divided Augusta in the past.”
Mills approved the distribution of the checks in April, offering the financial relief to ease the economic pressure imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic and rising inflation. The total cost of the stimulus is estimated at $729.3 million.
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Applicants must have an annual income of less than $100,000 if filing individually or $200,000 if filing jointly to be eligible, according to the governor’s office. Eligible residents cannot be filed as a dependent.
Residents will receive their checks based on the address listed on the Maine 2021 tax return, and the money will be sent “on a rolling basis through the end of the year as returns come in.” received,” the state said.