Direct Relief Payments

Direct Payments

The economic crisis created by the coronavirus is making everyday life much harder for many Americans. In order to help alleviate some of the financial burden that our communities are facing, the new stimulus package provides direct payments to working Americans of up to $1,200 per person, plus $500 per qualifying dependent child under the age of 17.

Here is what you need to know:

  • If you are a single filer . . .
    • making less than $75,000 per year, you are eligible for the entire $1,200 rebate.
    • making between $75,000 and $99,000 per year, you are eligible for a partial rebate.
    • making more than $99,000 per year, you are not eligible for this rebate.
  • If you are joint filers . . .
    • making less than a combined $150,000 per year, you are eligible for the entire $2,400 rebate.
    • making a combined $150,000 to $198,000 per year, you are eligible for a partial rebate.
    • making more than a combined $198,000 per year, you are not eligible for this rebate.
  • If you are filing as a head of household (typically single parents with children) . . .
    • making less than $112,500 per year, you are eligible for the entire $1,200 rebate.
    • making between $112,500 and $136,500 per year, you will receive a partial rebate.
    • making $136,500 per year, you are not eligible for the this rebate.

How to get the rebate:

  • If you filed a tax return in 2018 or 2019, or you receive Social Security, Social Security Disability, or Railroad Retirement benefits, and meet other eligibility criteria, you will receive the rebate automatically.
    • If you provided bank account information to receive your tax refund as a direct deposit, you will receive your rebate that way.
    • If you did not provide information for direct deposit, you will be mailed a rebate check to the address provided on your 2018 or 2019 tax return, whichever you filed most recently.
    • If you did not file in 2018 or 2019 but you receive Social Security benefits, you will receive the rebate the same way you receive your Social Security benefit.
  • If you do not receive Social Security benefits, and also did not file in 2018 or 2019, then You will need to file a return to receive your rebate.You can find out how to file a return for free at IRS.gov.

Congress directed the IRS to send the rebates as rapidly as possible. With that said, it could still take a month or longer. The fastest way to receive your rebate is if you already filed a tax return and provided your direct deposit information. If you have not done that, you should file as soon as possible. 

Temporary Cash Assistance

Another available source of financial relief is Maryland’s Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA). This program provides cash assistance to families with dependent children when available resources do not fully address the family’s needs and while preparing program participants for independence through work.

TCA applicants and recipients impacted by COVID-19 and any related closures such as schools, job sites and transportation may be provided with good cause for not completing assigned work requirements. Documentation is not required. This is effective as long as the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) directs Maryland schools to be closed, unless otherwise stated.

To learn more about TCA, click here.

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