Find Out If You’re Qualified for $500 Surprise Stimulus Checks
Struggling Americans may be receiving stimulus payments just in time for the holidays, but if you’re not in one of the three states set to receive $500 checks, you could still be eligible for other payments worth up to $2,000.
Bonus cash will be sent to eligible groups living in 14 states after three direct federal payments totaling a maximum of $3,400 were sent as part of President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan.
It comes as a number of states now have their own programs to benefit the people living there, with each local government deciding who qualifies for a fourth stimulus check and how much they will receive.
Here’s what to expect if you’re living in the following states, including Michigan, Maryland, and Tennessee — the three states that can expect $500 checks.
In Arizona, out-of-work residents are able to take advantage of the state’s back-to-work program.
Those who go back to work part-time are eligible for $1,000. Those returning to full-time workers could get $2,000.
About half of the nine million residents received their checks as of October 31, and the remaining checks are being sent by mail.
A salary of $30,000 to $75,000 per year qualified California residents to receive $600, and $1,100 for those with children under the age of 18.
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced the Back to Work program for $1,000 in stimulus checks, starting on May 30, 2021, which will continue until December 31, 2021.
The requirements are more involved in other states with specifics on when residents filed for unemployment and how long they were on unemployment.
Residents are also required to have obtained a job to be eligible for the stimulus payment.
In Florida, teachers and principals will receive $1,000 in stimulus cash for their commitment to educating during the pandemic.
In Georgia, teachers and principals will receive $1,000 in stimulus cash for their commitment to educating during the pandemic.
Those living in Idaho could be eligible for a one-time income tax rebate.
More than half a million residents received cash – the average check was $248.
Residents in Maryland received their state-wide stimulus check in August, only if the individual filed their earned income tax credit.
Individuals received $300 while those with children received $500.
In Michigan, teachers are eligible for $500 in hazard pay bonuses.
A $1,086 check is available to families of three without an income.
For those who weren’t eligible for New Mexico relief benefits in August, applications opened on October 12 to provide another round of economic relief.
The previous payment low-income households received in August was in the amount of $750.
Students in Ohio may be able to get support in the shape of grant money worth $46 million.
A total of $13 million has been allocated in federal funding to pay student teachers in Oklahoma.
In Tennessee, officials passed legislation earlier in 2021 to pay a $1,000 bonus for full-time public school employees and $500 for part-time public school employees.
The relief is meant to aid individuals who suffered during the Covid-19 pandemic and help them get back on their feet.
Meanwhile, although Vermont is not issuing a direct payout, the state is offering to cover moving expenses up to $7,500 for people relocating to the state. The caveat is the individual must be relocating due to unemployment in hospitality and construction.
Elsewhere in the US, Georgia officials sent ent out in March 2021 to teachers and other educational staff.
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