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State Stimulus Payments 2022: These States Are Sending Out Checks in September

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Starting Sept. 12, qualifying Illinois taxpayers will start receiving tax rebate checks worth $50 — or $100 if they filed as a couple. Residents could also qualify for an additional property tax refund of up to $300.

The Land of Lincoln isn’t the only state issuing special tax refunds to combat inflation: On Friday, Hawaiians started receiving direct deposits of a one-time refund worth $300 for those who earned less than $100,000 in 2021 or $100 for those who made more.

And, in Colorado, checks for $750 — or $1,500 for joint filers — have been trickling into mailboxes since August, thanks to the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) Amendment. They should be done by the end of this month, state officials say.

Which other states are issuing payments in September and beyond? How much money can eligible taxpayers get? Read on to find out.

For more on economic relief, check out plans for statewide child tax credits, as well as gas rebate checks and gas tax holidays across the US. 

California

Millions of Californians will receive inflation relief checks, with married couples with children getting as much as $1,050. The payments, coming out of California’s $97 billion budget surplus, are going out as direct deposits or debit cards, with the first payments going out as soon as October.

How much residents will receive is based on their income, tax-filing status and household size.

  • Single taxpayers who earn less than $75,000 a year and couples who file jointly and make less than $150,000 a year will receive $350 per taxpayer and another $350 if they have any dependents. A married couple with children, therefore, could receive as much as $1,050.
  • Individual filers who make between $75,000 and $125,000 a year — and couples who earn between $150,000 and $250,000 — will receive $250 per taxpayer, plus another $250 if they have any dependents. A family with children could therefore receive a total of $750.
  • Individual filers who earn between $125,000 and $250,000 and couples who earn between $250,000 and $500,000 annually would receive $200 each. A family with children in this bracket could receive a maximum of $600.

Single taxpayers earning $250,000 or above and couples earning a combined $500,000 are ineligible for the payments.

Colorado

State residents who have filed their 2021 return by June 30 will get a physical check for $750 by Sept. 30, thanks to the 1992 Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights (TABOR) Amendment. (Joint filers will get $1,500.)

In May, Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill to get the refunds to taxpayers sooner, with more than half already cashed by late August. 

Filers who received an extension and filed by the Oct. 17 deadline will receive their refund by Jan. 31, 2023.

Delaware

After Gov. John Carney approved the Delaware Relief Rebate Program in April, a $300 stimulus check was cut for all residents who filed their 2020 tax returns. 

Even If you filed jointly, each person should receive a payment, which started going out in May.

Florida

Nearly 60,000 Florida families received one-time payments of $450 per child “to offset the costs of rising inflation, especially with a new school year approaching,” according to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.

To qualify, families must receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (also known as welfare), be a foster parent or a relative or non-relative caregiver or participate in the Guardianship Assistance Program.

You didn’t need to apply for the benefit, which has been automatically mailed to eligible recipients. According to the Florida Department of Children and Families, checks should have arrived in time for Florida’s “back to school” sales tax holiday, held July 25 to Aug. 7.   

Georgia

Gov. Brian Kemp signed a bill in March authorizing rebates to taxpayers who filed their state returns for both 2020 and 2021. Single taxpayers received $250 in May, with heads of households getting $375 and married couples filing jointly netting $500.

Partial-year residents, those who pay little or no income taxes, or individuals who owe taxes, child support or other payments may have received a smaller rebate.  

The Department of Revenue started issuing rebates in May and, according to its website, most residents who filed their 2021 state return by April 18 should have received theirs by early August.

Hawaii taxpayers should have started receiving direct deposits of their tax rebates on Sept. 9. Physical checks won’t go out until later in October, however.


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Hawaii

Residents who earned under $100,000 in 2021 — or $200,000 if they file jointly — are receiving a $300 tax rebate this year, with dependents also eligible for the rebate. A qualifying family of four could receive $1,200.

Individuals who earned more than $100,000 and couples who earned more than $200,000 will receive a one-time $100 payout.

According to Gov. David Inge, direct deposits started being issued on Sept. 9. Residents who got their original tax refund by check or who filed after July 31 will receive theirs later.

Physical checks probably won’t go out until late October, Gov. David Ige told reporters, “dependent on the arrival of the check stock.”  

Idaho

Gov. Brad Little signed a bill in February giving $75 to each taxpayer and dependent, or 12% of their 2020 state income tax return, whichever is greater. 

Checks started going out in March and residents can review the status of their rebate online.

Illinois

Illinois’ estimated $1.83 billion relief package, which went into effect July 1, includes income and property tax rebates and a temporary cut in several sales taxes.

Individuals who earned less than $200,000 in 2021 will receive a $50 income tax rebate while couples filing jointly with incomes under $400,000 will receive $100. Filers can also earn $100 per dependent they claimed on their 2021 taxes, up to three dependents. In all, a family of four can earn as much as $300.

Comptroller Susanna Mendoza expects to start cutting checks the week of Sept. 12, the Illinois Department of Revenue told CNET in an email, with distribution finishing roughly eight weeks later.

Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s Family Relief Plan also includes several tax holidays and rebates, including a suspension of the state’s sales tax on groceries from July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023, and a permanent expansion of the earned income credit from 18% to 20% of the federal credit.

Indiana

Hoosiers are eligible for $125 rebates regardless of income, thanks to the state’s automatic taxpayer refund law

Direct deposit payments started going out in May. Printed checks were slated to be sent to the 1.7 million taxpayers who didn’t provide banking information in July, but were held up until mid-August, Gov. Eric Holcomb told Fox 59, “because the paper supply required was delayed.” 

During the wait, the Indiana Legislature tacked on another $200 to each check.

The combined payments —  $325 for individuals, or $650 for married couples filing jointly — will be included in one paper check. It will take the state until early October to print all 1.7 million paper checks. Indiana residents who haven’t received a rebate by Nov. 1 should contact the state’s Department of Revenue.

Maine

Maine taxpayers who have filed their 2021 state tax returns and have an adjusted gross income of less than $100,000 are eligible for an $850 direct relief payment. Couples filing jointly will receive a single payment of $1,700.

Checks were sent out starting in July, and WMTW reports that the state has mailed $850 payments to all qualifying residents. You can check on the status of your payment at Maine’s government portal.

Massachusetts

Gov. Charlie Baker’s plans for a one-time $250 rebate dried up, but taxpayers will likely still get more than $2.5 billion in excess tax revenue back from the state.

Massachusetts law limits growth in state tax revenue to match wages and salaries — any excess must be refunded to taxpayers. Exactly how much is in the pot is unclear but, Baker said, “we think the number’s probably north of $2.5 billion,” WGBH reported. Baker estimates residents would get 7% of their 2021 state income tax payment returned.

For someone earning $75,000, that works out to about $250 — the amount Baker wanted to send out in the first place. 

The state auditor has until Sept. 20 to calculate what, if any, surplus there is. The Department of Revenue could start issuing tax credits immediately after that. Finance Secretary Michael Heffernan said he is “looking at what’s the quickest and most efficient way to get that money back to the taxpayer,” MassLive reported.

Massachusetts already sent $500 stimulus checks to low-income workers in the spring. 

Minnesota 

Certain Minnesota frontline workers are eligible to receive a one-time payment of $750, including emergency responders, health care staff, court officials and retail workers.

Almost 1.2 million workers applied for Minnesota’s frontline bonus check by the July 22 deadline, per the Duluth News Tribune. The large number of applicants who are approved — if more than 667,000 — could shrink the $750 payout. Applicants should have been notified in mid-August, with payments coming shortly after.

Gov. Tim Walz has also called for a special session of the legislature to pass a proposed income tax rebate of $1,000 for individual filers earning less than $165,000 and $2,000 for couples earning less than $275,000. 

Walz, a member of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, hasn’t had much support among Republican lawmakers, who call the plan an election-year gimmick. 

“I think it is absolutely unconscionable that we are sitting on money in the bank of Minnesota and it could go right back to families in cash right now,” Walz said at a July 27 news conference, the Duluth News Tribune reported. 

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New Jersey homeowners earning up to $150,000 will receive $1,500 rebates on their property taxes, while renters who earn up to $150,000 will receive $450.


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New Jersey

Some 2 million New Jersey households are getting property tax rebates, thanks to the Affordable New Jersey Communities for Homeowners and Renters (ANCHOR), a $2 billion property tax relief program signed by Gov. Phil Murphy at the end of June.

Homeowners making up to $150,000 will receive $1,500 rebates on their property taxes, while those earning between $150,000 and $250,000 will receive $1,000. Renters who earn up to $150,000 will receive $450 checks. 

The rebates will be coming later than many other states’ payouts. The New Jersey state treasury spokesperson, Jennifer Sciortino, could only confirm it would be “no later than May 2023,” Patch.com reported, via check or direct deposit.

New Mexico

The Land of Enchantment issued a rebate to all taxpayers — $500 for individual filers and $1,000 for joint filers, heads of households and surviving spouses. The payments have been broken into two parts: The first check went out in June, and the second in August.

The state also issued $250 rebates in July to taxpayers who filed individually and earned less than $75,000. (Married couples filing jointly with incomes under $150,000 received $500). 

New York

In June, about 3 million New York state homeowners started receiving property-tax rebates of up to $1,050. New York City households got an average of $425 back

Those who qualified should have automatically been sent a check by the end of June, but details on eligibility are available at the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance website.

In addition, New York City Mayor Eric Adams signed legislation in late August granting hundreds of thousands of low- and middle-class homeowners in the city a one-time property tax rebate of up to $150.

Owners of one, two, or three-family residences who had incomes of $250,000 or less in 2020 are eligible for the rebate, provided the property is their primary residence.

Homeowners who received a School Tax Relief (STAR) credit or exemption during the fiscal year 2023 will be sent checks automatically starting in late August. (If the Department of Finance has incomplete income information, it will send a letter detailing how to certify your eligibility.)

Owners who do not receive a STAR exemption but believe they are eligible for the rebate will be able to file an application. The deadline for filing a claim is in November, and those rebate checks should go out in the fall.

Pennsylvania

In July, more than 260,000 older homeowners, renters and people with disabilities started receiving part of a massive $121.7 million payout issued through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.

Eligible residents should visit the MyPath website or file a paper application before the extended deadline of Dec. 31, 2022, with payments coming as a direct deposit or check. 

The maximum standard rebate is $650, according to the Department of Revenue, but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost that amount to $975. (The department will automatically calculate supplemental rebates for qualifying applicants.)

Check the status of your rebate using the state government’s Where’s My Rebate? tool, inputting your Social Security number, date of birth and the year you are claiming for.

South Carolina

Income tax refund checks of up to $800 will be sent out to South Carolina taxpayers starting in late November or December.

Any resident who paid taxes will receive a rebate, with the amount increasing based on their tax liability, up to an $800 cap per filing. It will be a full refund for those who paid $800 or less, according to The Center Square, which includes 33% of taxpayers. 

The rebates are being issued per person, regardless of whether you filed individually or jointly. Those who did not pay income taxes — around 44% of South Carolina residents — will not receive a check.

Visit the South Carolina Department of Revenue website to see if you are eligible for the rebate and calculate the amount.

Virginia

After legislation cleared the General Assembly in July, Virginians will receive one-time checks this fall: Individual filers will receive $250, while married couples who file jointly will get $500. Payments will be sent by mailed check and direct deposit.

Eligible residents who filed by July 1 should receive their rebate by Oct. 31, according to the Virginia Department of Taxation. You must file your state taxes by Nov. 1 to receive a check. 


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