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CLEVELAND (WJW) — Faced with inflation coming out of the pandemic, Americans are having to make tough budgetary choices.
To help ease the pain, many states are offering various monetary assistance options. As FOX 8 recently reported, Ohioans who qualify still have time to sign up for a $500 energy assistance program. But compared to other states, such as California, where some people are set to get inflation relief checks starting next month, Ohioans are not getting extra money.
Here’s a list of states offering more relief to residents this year:
Alaska: Even before the pandemic, Alaskans got money for simply living in the far-away state. But this year, the annual oil wealth dividend checks are also being paired with energy relief payments for residents who apply. The $3,284 checks are scheduled to roll out starting this week through the beginning of October.
California: Living in one of the most expensive states in the country means Californians are especially affected by bulging costs. Starting in October, millions of residents are going to get inflation relief checks (aka Middle Class Tax Refund checks) of up to $1,050. Those who make more than $250,000, or $500,000 as a couple, do not qualify.
Colorado: The Colorado Cash Back program is getting $750 tax rebates (or $1,500 to joint filers) to residents who filed their state tax returns by June 30 by the end of the month. Those who received an extension and filed by Oct. 17 will get their money by Jan. 31.
Delaware: The Delaware Relief Rebate Program sent $300 stimulus checks ($600 for married couples) to state taxpayers who had filed 2020 personal income tax returns. Those were sent out starting at the end of May.
Florida: The state of Florida sent out payments of $450 per child to thousands of families, with most arriving by Aug. 7. The benefit was automatically sent to those who qualified, including those on welfare, were a foster parent or a caregiver.
Georgia: Those who filed state returns in both 2020 and 2021 received rebates from the department of revenue. Individuals got $250, heads of households got $375 and married people getting $500 together. The payments were supposed to arrive by August. Others may have received a smaller rebate, depending.
Hawaii: Tax rebates are being sent to residents who filed taxes in 2021. Depending on how much you make and how many dependents you have, families could make up to $1,200. The payments are expected now through October.
Idaho: Every little bit helps and Idaho taxpayers got $75 for themselves and each dependent (or 12% of the 2020 return, depending on which was more) starting in March. Those who still have questions about the payment can find out more here.
Illinois: As part of a state-wide relief package, a family of four can receive up to $300 in tax rebates this year. Checks are dependent on how much income people make. The state is also offering a temporary sales tax cut. Find out more here.
Indiana: In this state it doesn’t matter how much you make. With the automatic taxpayer refund law, residents who pay taxes are getting $325, or $650 for married couples, and money should be coming by next month.
Maine: Direct relief payments have been headed out to Maine taxpayers since July. Those who filed their 2021 returns and make less than $100,000 (or $200,000 for couples who file jointly) get $850 one-time checks ($1,700 for a couple). More can be learned here.
Massachusetts: Excess revenue is being returned to taxpayers this year. However, it’s not clear how much money residents in this state will get, as the state is waiting until all 2021 tax returns are filed in October. An estimate of how much payments may be can be found here.
Minnesota: The state’s Frontline Worker Pay Program plans to offer $750 to residents who were employed in healthcare, retail and the court system during the pandemic. Payments are expected to go out this fall, as the state is currently processing appeals.
New Jersey: The Affordable New Jersey Communities for Homeowners and Renters (ANCHOR) property tax relief program is set to bring up to $1,500 checks to home owners and $450 for some renters. Those who qualify can sign up for the payments this fall, with people getting money by next May.
New Mexico: All taxpayers received a rebate ($500 for individuals, $1,000 for joint filers and others), which should have arrived by August. Some who made $75,000, or $150,000 as a couple per year, were also eligible for extra $250 rebates this summer. Find out more here.
New York: Similar to New Jersey, New York worked to help people with their property taxes. The Homeowner tax rebate credit, which started going out in June, sent qualified families up to $1,050. A special property tax rebate is also available for New York City residents later this fall.
Pennsylvania: The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program, which people can sign up for through Dec. 31, gives relief checks to people with disabilities, low-income renters and elderly homeowners who qualify. The department of revenue may offer supplemental payments to some, but for most, the maximum rebate is $650.
South Carolina: Those who pay state income taxes are set to receive refund checks in the last two months of 2022. Checks are not to exceed $800 and are going to each individual person, no matter if taxes were filed jointly. Find out how much you may be getting back right here.
Virginia: Those residents who paid state income taxes and had a tax liability are able to receive up to $250, or $500 for joint filers, from the state. This fun video explains who exactly qualifies. People who filed their taxes on time should receive their money by the middle of October.
For those who do not live in any of these states, don’t forget the IRS is also getting in on the action, offering refunds to some of those who filed late for their 2019 and 2022 tax returns. Also, President Biden’s Student Loan Forgiveness plan is set to knock off up to $20,000 of debt for some, while student loan payments continue to run at 0% interest until Dec. 31.
Nan Whaley, the former Dayton mayor who is now running for governor against Mike DeWine, has proposed an inflation relief plan, which would give $350 checks to many Ohioans.
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