Although the federal government hasn’t come forward with a fourth stimulus check, several states are advocating for more local assistance. The federal government issued stimulus funds to state governments for economic recovery, and they have a limited time to use the money.
Many local lawmakers have proposed and passed new stimulus legislation that sends money to qualifying residents. While some stimulus payment programs are automatic – provided you filed your taxes – others might require you to apply. Find out what may lie on the horizon in your state.
California’s Middle Class Tax Refund Issues Up to $1,050
As one of the states hit hardest by the pandemic, California agreed to send a new stimulus check to residents who had income less than the threshold.
The maximum tax stimulus check amount is $350 for individual filers, $700 for married couples filing jointly, and an additional $350 for households with at least one dependent.
You may be able to receive the maximum amount if you earn:
- Less than $75,000 as an individual taxpayer.
- Less than $150,000 as a married couple filing jointly.
If you make more than the threshold for your filing status, the government may give you a lesser amount, such as $250 or $200. You may not qualify for the rebate if you earn more than $250,000 as an independent filer or $500,000 as a married couple.
Colorado’s Stimulus Check Has No Income Limits
Contrary to many states’ stimulus programs, Colorado is issuing payments to all full-year residents who are at least 18 years of age and filed a 2021 state income tax return or successfully applied for the Property Tax/Heat Credit (PTC) Rebate.
If you qualify, the state may send you $750 as an individual taxpayer or $1,500 as a married couple filing together.
Delaware is Sending Out $300
As part of the 2022 Delaware Tax Relief Rebate Program, the state is issuing a one-time payment of $350 to most adult residents.
You may qualify for the rebate check if you filed a 2020 state income tax return and are at least 18 years of age (as of December 31, 2021).
Low-Income Florida Families Could Get Extra Government Payments
The Florida Department of Children and Families is sending a rebate check to almost 60,000 families in an attempt to curb rising costs.
To qualify, you must participate in the state’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program or the Guardian Assistance Program. The state will send qualifying households a one-time payment of $450 per child.
Georgia’s Tax Rebate is Up to $500
In an effort to counter the inflation rate, the state is issuing payments to all taxpayers who filed their 2020 and 2021 state tax returns. The amount of the economic stimulus checks depends on your tax filing status. The state may send you:
- Up to $250 as an individual filer
- Up to $375 as the head of household
- Up to $500 as a married couple filing jointly
The state will deduct any taxes or court-ordered payments you owe from the economic payment.
$100 to $300 for Many Residents of Hawaii
The tax rebate in Hawaii would give qualifying residents, including dependents, either $100 or $300. Your stimulus payment amount depends on the household’s taxable income. You may receive:
- $100 if you are an individual filer who earns more than $100,000 annually.
- $300 if you are an individual filer who earns less than $100,000 annually.
- $100 if you are a married couple filing jointly who earn more than $200,000 annually.
- $300 if you are a married couple filing jointly who make less than $200,000 annually.
Although the bills have passed, the state has not issued word on the distribution as of yet.
Idaho Taxpayer Relief of $75 or 12 Percent
In Idaho, the state stimulus check amount is slightly more complicated. The state plants to pay full-time resident taxpayers the higher of:
- $75 per taxpayer and dependent.
- 12 percent of line 20 (Form 40) or line 42 (Form 43).
You may qualify if you are a full-time resident of the state and filed your 2020 and 2021 state tax returns before the end of the 2022 year. The state’s “Where’s My Rebate” tool lets you check stimulus payments’ status to find out if you’re owed a payment and if it’s on the way.
Dependents May Get More in Illinois
Illinois is providing a bit of relief for taxpayers and more for their dependents. The state is issuing a stimulus check of:
- $50 for individuals who earned less than $200,000.
- $100 for married couples filing jointly who earned less than $400,000.
- $100 per dependent of a qualified taxpayer, up to $300.
Stimulus payments direct deposit and checks will not start to go out until September 2022, and it could take several months for each qualified resident to receive their payment.
Another New Stimulus Check in Indiana
Indiana already sent a state taxes relief payment to half of its residents, and the latter half should receive theirs in the upcoming months. But the state is already considering a second payment or suspending sales tax for six months on residential utilities.
Additionally, some lawmakers are proposing an advanced gas tax rebate that would cap sales tax on fuel and price increases until mid-2023.
Many Maine Residents Could Get Stimulus Payments
The Maine government is sending a one-time tax relief rebate payment of $850 for single filers and $1,700 for married couples filing jointly if their income is less than the threshold.
You must be a full-time resident and earn less than the following:
- $100,000 as an individual filer
- $150,000 as a head of household
- $200,000 as a married couple filing jointly
Taxpayer Relief in New Jersey
New Jersey residents could likely use the biggest taxpayer relief program as one of the highest taxed and expensive states. It seems that lawmakers agree, because they’ve issued the Middle Class Tax Rebate that will send up to $500 to taxpayers with at least one dependent.
You may qualify if you are a part-time or full-time resident of the state who earns less than the following limit for their tax status:
- $75,000 as an individual filer
- $150,000 as a head of household or surviving spouse
- $150,000 as a married couple filing jointly
The specific stimulus payment amount will depend on the sum of line 50. The state will match the amount up to $500.
Frontline Workers Pandemic Payments in Minnesota
Minnesota values its frontline workers so much that it offered a rebate check to several workers. You must have worked at least 120 hours from March 15, 2020, to June 30, 2021, and have an income less than the following limits:
- $175,000 if you had direct COVID-19 patient-care
- $85,000 if you did not have direct patient care
The state stopped application submissions on July 22, 2022.
New Stimulus Payments for New Mexico
New Mexico agreed to two stimulus payments for its residents who have incomes less than the limit and who filed their 2021 state tax returns. Eligibility for the first stimulus check is dependent on income, but the second is not. The income limits for the first payment are:
- $75,000 for individual filers.
- $150,000 for heads of household.
- $150,000 for married couples filing jointly.
The stimulus payments are $250 and $500, respectively, for individuals. For other tax filing statuses, the payments are $500 and $1,000.
However, New Mexico residents who do not file taxes can still receive a relief payment of $500 or $1,000, and the relief amount depends on your marital status.
But the non-taxpayer relief payments are only available until the state runs out of the $20 million reserved for the program.
Oregon’s One-Time $600 Payment
Oregon issued economic stimulus checks between June 23 and July 1, 2022. You may have received a payment if you:
- Were a resident of Oregon for the last six months of 2020.
- Receive the Oregon Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
- Are not someone else’s dependent.
- Filed your 2020 tax returns by December 31, 2021.
Restructuring Taxes in South Carolina
South Carolina is providing real relief for taxpayers with a $1 billion program that could put up to $800 in residents’ pockets. The state estimates that about a third of the state’s population may receive a payment.
The state also restructured the income-tax brackets and lowered the rate.
Virginia Residents Who Owe Taxes May Get a Break
You might get a tax rebate if you had a liability in 2021. The state is sending $250 to individual filers and $500 to married couples filing jointly who filed their 2021 state taxes.
Gas Vouchers and Rebates
Gas cards would surely come in handy right now. Your state may be considering sending a gas rebate card, or something similar, since some local governments are talking about rebates.
The Kansas governor wants to send a $250 gas rebate to each individual filer and $500 to married couples who file jointly. However, the last update the state gave was in April 2022.
The Kentucky House Committee On Committees is holding up the progress on the proposed gas stimulus bill that could issue up to $500 to individual filers or up to $1,000 per household. The proposed bill reached the house in March 2022.
Massachusetts lawmakers may soon approve the proposed fuel rebates that could help residents with a $250 payment if their income is less than the limit.
Senate Democrats in North Carolina proposed a gas rebate bill in May 2022 that could send adult drivers a $200 check. On the other side of the aisle, the Senate Republic proposed a long-term tax reduction.
If the Pennsylvania governor’s PA Opportunity Program passes legislation, the state could send a one-time $2,000 payment to households with incomes less than $80,000.