MILLIONS of Americans still have time to earn direct payments before the year is out, but they have certain requirements across the country.
The controls come in the form of tax refunds, budget surpluses or one-off inflation checks.
Nationally, taxpayers received support in the form of underemployment incentives.
However, the federal government has yet to offer a fourth stimulus check, so states proceeded to provide their own assistance.
The checks are designed to help struggling Americans dealing with higher prices in almost every sector, such as gas, food and housing.
The US Sun compiled a list of the nine payments Americans should expect before 2023 begins, and they range in amount from $75 to $1,700.
1. California – $1,050
California Governor Gavin Newsom signed off on the state budget in June, including $17 billion in inflation relief in the form of tax credits.
California’s Franchise Tax Board previously said residents should begin receiving payments in October 2022 and will continue through January 2023.
About 23 million people can account for checks ranging from $200 to $1,050.
Your eligibility and payment amounts depend on income, tax filing status, and household size.
If you’re curious, the state has an estimator that can help you determine your eligibility and see how much cash to expect.
2. Colorado – $1,500
About 3.1 million residents are queuing to get money, according to Governor Jared Polis.
The discounts are worth $750 for individuals, while the amount for joint applicants is $1,500.
Anyone who filed their taxes before the extended Oct. 17 deadline can expect to receive their money in January.
3. Hawaii – $1,200
Hawaii initially mailed its one-time tax refund to residents in August.
Hawaii’s Department of Taxation said refunds began in the last week of August but will be issued in phases.
Depending on who you are, you may not receive your payment until the end of this year.
Those who get paper checks have to wait longer for the checks due to paper shortages.
Residents earning less than $100,000 a year receive a $300 rebate, while employees earning between $100,000 and $200,000 qualify for $100.
Those who have not filed an income tax return can still do so until December 31.
4. Idaho – $75
Earlier this year, Idaho passed a bill that allocates $350 million in tax credits.
To qualify, taxpayers must be considered full-time residents and have filed returns for 2020 and 2021.
In addition, full-time residents of Idaho must have filed a grocery credit refund claim.
The rebates started going out in March and will net you $75 or 12% of your Idaho state taxes in 2020.
Anyone who hasn’t filed a tax return must do so before December 31 to claim the money, and payments will continue until then.
5.Illinois – $700
Two Illinois tax credits, an individual income tax credit and a property tax credit, will be paid during the end of the year.
Payments initially went out in September, but government officials warned it could take months to process all the checks for the six million residents waiting to receive them.
All in all, a total of $1.2 billion will be shipped.
If you are not sure about the status of your discount, you can check the “Where’s my discount?” tool on the Illinois Department of Revenue website.
To meet the criteria for the income tax credit, you had to live in Illinois in 2021 and your stated adjusted gross income on the 2021 Illinois tax return had to be less than $200,000. For joint petitioners, this amount was $400,000.
Everyone who qualifies earns $50 (or $100 if filing jointly), plus $100 per dependent for up to three dependents.
That means a married couple with three kids gets a $400 discount.
The property tax credit is worth $300, which means the maximum amount you can earn in total is $700.
6. Maine – up to $1,700
Maine has been sending out coupons worth $850 per person and $1,700 for an average family, but not everyone has received the payments yet.
Governor Janet Mills’ office said checks will continue to go out through the end of 2022.
To be eligible for a discount check, you must meet a number of conditions.
An individual cannot earn more than $100,000, while heads of household and couples can earn $150,000 and $200,000, respectively.
These will be based on the 2021 tax return, which had to be submitted by October.
7. Massachusetts – amounts vary
Tax credits for Massachusetts residents worth a combined $2.9 billion began going out in November, but several more are on their way through January.
For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2022, the state had net tax revenues of nearly $42 billion, but state law limits tax revenues to $38.87 billion.
This means that the $2.9 billion surplus was returned to taxpayers.
Discounts are for those who paid income tax in 2021 and filed their 2021 tax return before October 17, 2022.
The amount you get back depends on your specific income tax for the year 2021.
Massachusetts taxpayers are likely to recover up to 14% of their Massachusetts income tax due in 2021.
That means if you paid $10,000, you’ll get back about $1,400.
The state is sending a million more each week until January.
8. Pennsylvania – $1,658
Direct deposits for the Pennsylvania property tax rebate program started July 1, but it’s still possible to earn a payment before the end of the year.
If you have not yet applied, you can still apply online until 1 January.
The maximum standard rebate is $650, but some homeowners may qualify for additional rebates up to $975.
Renters and homeowners earning $8,000 or less should see a $650 rebate.
Those who earn $8,001 to $15,000 get $500.
The rest of the discounts by income class are as follows:
- Homeowners earn $15,001 to $18,000: $300
- Homeowners earn $18,001 to $35,000: $250
In addition, the state announced that anyone who claimed a rebate will also receive an additional check for 70% of the original refund amount.
That means everyone who qualified for $975 is now in line to rake in a total of $1,657.50.
Program beneficiaries had to meet a number of criteria:
- 65 years and older
- Widows and widowers aged 50 and over
- Disabled and 18 years or older
9. Rhode Island – $750
Rhode Island Governor Daniel McKee said families could receive up to $750 in child tax credits.
This means that any Rhode Island taxpayer with dependents age 18 or younger is eligible for the credit and no application is required.
For those who took advantage of the extended October 17 filing deadline, discounts will be provided in early December.
All discounts are sent by check by mail.
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