Surprise checks are going out to eligible Americans worth $500 to $1,800 before Christmas

Some struggling Americans will have the good fortune of coming into some stimulus cash before Christmas.

Payments range from $500 to $1,800 dollars.

The cash is coming in just after millions of Americans received their second to last child tax credit payment on Nov. 15.

State level stimulus checks are becoming more common within the states for residents deemed eligible.

Related: Do you qualify for any of the surprise stimulus checks being sent before Christmas?




Here are some states giving their eligible residents state stimulus checks

Maine is giving out one time payments of $285 to just over 500,000 residents.

The first batch was sent Nov. 15 and they will continue to be sent through the end of the year.

Those that are eligible make less than $75,000 as single filers and less than $150,000 as married filing jointly.




California is sending its residents checks as part of its second round of Golden State Stimulus II checks.

Those with an income of $1 to $75,000 that lived in the state of California for more than half of 2020 will qualify.

The one time payments are worth between $500 and $1,000 dollars.

These payments will continue through the end of 2021.

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Maryland is giving a single payment to the poorest families and individuals.

Single people will receive $300 and families will get $500.

Families will also have at chance at new tax refunds for three years. If a family with two children earns $25,000 or less, they may qualify for $1,100 per year.

Florida may pay their teachers and first responders $1,000 bonuses. The program would benefit 175,000 teachers and 3,600 principals.




Governor Ron DeSantis has also offered a $5,000 cash bonus for police officers that want to remain unvaccinated. Officers from New York, Minneapolis and Seattle have the chance to relocate to Florida for the bonus.

Last but not least, there is one last date for child tax credit payments on Dec. 15.

Families can get $300 for children under age 6 and $250 for children ages 6-17.

If you did not register for the payments in time and are a non-filer, you can file taxes next year and claim the refund.

If you registered by the deadline as a non-filer, you could be eligible for an $1,800 lump sum Dec. 15.

Related: With an extra $31 billion in funds, millions of Americans hope to see another round of stimulus checks next year


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