MAINE STIMULUS CHECK

How to claim the extra $285 stimulus check money in Maine

A surprise stimulus check worth $285 will go out to 524,754 workers in Maine before the new year. Our team took a look at how to claim yours.

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How to claim the extra $285 stimulus check money in Maine

Over half a million people in Maine will receive a stimulus check from their state government in the coming weeks. The announcement came from Governor Janet Mills after a bipartisan bill allowing for a check worth $285 was passed earlier this month. Gov Mill hopes the direct payment will “help Maine families to some small degree during the holiday season as we work to fully recover our economy.”

What are the eligibility requirements?

There are two main requirements that relate to one’s work history and income. No action needs to be taken to request a payment as the Maine Revenue Service will determine eligibility.

Work history

To receive the check, a person must have worked throughout 2020 have submitted a tax return. The governor has described the check as a hazard payment of sorts which seems to help “the hardworking men and women who kept our state running through the pandemic deserve our appreciation.” Additionally, those who are listed as claimed on a tax return as dependent are not eligible to receive a check.

Income

Eligibility based on income will be determined through one’s tax return. Heads of Household or Single tax filers making $75,000 a year or less, or Married couples who file jointly, with an annual gross income under $150,000 will receive a check sometime during the next six weeks.

How and when will Mainers receive their checks?

The first batch of checks was post-marked on 15 November, and the state has sent it will send six batches over the coming weeks. The last checks are expected to arrive before 31 December. All distribution will be completed through the sending of paper checks to those eligible.

Will these checks increase the purchasing power of those in Maine?

Maine has seen a twenty-hundred percent increase in employment between September 2020 and September 2021. The sectors that have seen the highest amount of job growth are leisure and hospitality (8.5%), manufacturing (6.3%), and professional and business services (5.5%). Only two sectors – government and financial services – and have seen a decrease in job growth.

With prices increasing across the economy, many families are struggling to keep up. Residents across New England are seeing higher increases in the energy sector, compared to the rest of the country. While nationally, more people have seen an increase in the price of utilities and fuel around 10.7 percent, those in the North East have seen a 15.9 percent bump in their bills this year. As we approach winter, these increases could continue as demand surges and temperatures drop.