Federal stimulus measures to help struggling Americans may be a thing of the past.
But some states are still distributing payments to their residents to help them deal with the high cost of living.
Here, News week rounds up seven states where Americans receive payments.
California began sending payments as part of its middle class tax refund last fall.
According to the state’s Franchise Tax Board, nearly 32 million taxpayers and their dependents benefit from payments of up to $1,050. But earlier this year it emerged that more than a million Californians had not activated their debit cards. The cards expire in 2026.
Recipients who have not activated their card will receive a reminder letter with instructions on how to activate their debit card. Those who have received these letters but do not have a debit card can contact Money Network at 1-800-240-0223 to claim their payment.
Georgia will issue an excess tax refund in 2022 of up to $250 for single or married separate filers, up to $375 for heads of household, and $500 for married joint filers.
To qualify, taxpayers must have filed their individual income tax returns for tax years 2021 and 2022 by the deadline of April 18, 2023 (or before October 16 if an extension has been granted), be taxpayers for tax year 2021, and be a Georgia resident, semi-annual resident or non-resident.
The state Treasury Department has said taxpayers will have to wait six to eight weeks for refunds to be issued if they file before the April 18 deadline. That means some may receive their payments in June.
Maine is sending payments to eligible residents to help them with the high energy prices as part of a larger Emergency Winter Energy Relief Plan.
An estimated 880,000 Maine residents will receive the payments, with $450 sent to individuals and $900 to married couples and families who file their 2021 Maine income tax returns by October 31, 2022 as a full-year resident and meet income requirements complied.
All payments were expected to be sent by the end of March, but those who have not yet received their payment can check the status of their payment here. They may also contact Maine Revenue Services via email at email@example.com.
New Jersey taxpayers who meet eligibility requirements receive up to $1,500 through the Affordable New Jersey Communities for Homeowners and Renters (ANCHOR) program for property taxes.
Governor Phil Murphy’s office said earlier this year that more than 1.7 million New Jersey residents had signed up for the program.
The state IRS has said ANCHOR benefits will be distributed through May. They are paid in the form of direct deposit or check.
Those who have not yet received their payment can check the status of their application and payment here.
New Mexico will send another round of rebates to eligible residents in June.
Single filers receive $500, while married taxpayers filing jointly, heads of household, and surviving spouses receive $1,000.
Payments are automatically sent to residents who have filed a 2021 New Mexico income tax return and have not been declared dependent on another taxpayer’s return. Eligible residents have until May 31, 2024 to file a return for 2021 and qualify for the discounts.
Direct deposits will be handed out first and checks will be mailed from mid-June.
New York City gives $150 property tax rebates to eligible homeowners.
The discount is for homeowners whose property in New York City is their primary residence and whose combined income is $250,000 or less. Most homeowners should have received their rebate, but those who have not and believe they qualify can apply here.
For New York State homeowners, the Homeowner Tax Refund Credit is a one-year program that provides property tax exemption with payments up to $1,050.
Homeowners can find information about their discount by visiting the New York State Department of the Treasury’s Homeowners’ Tax Relief page.
Pennsylvania will begin sending payments of up to $650 in July as part of its property tax/rent rebate program.
The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 and older; widows and widowers aged 50 and over; and people with disabilities aged 18 and over. The current income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 a year for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded.
The deadline for applying for discounts on rent and property tax paid in 2022 has been extended from June 30 to December 31, 2023.
Claimants can submit their rebate requests online by going to mypath.pa.gov. You can check the status of your discount by going to Where is my discount? page.
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