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$500 stimulus payments go out to 500,000 Massachusetts residents

Stimulus checks worth $500 were sent out to 500,000 residents in Massachusetts under the Essential Employee Premium Pay program.

stimulus cash available for Massachusetts workers

$460 million dollars of stimulus funding was sent to workers who met eligibility requirements in the state.

Payments were sent in two rounds, with the first round totaling $250 million dollars.

The first set was sent back in April.

Qualifying for the $500 stimulus payments

In order to be eligible for these payments, you must have been a resident of Massachusetts in 2020.

In addition, you need to have worked at the same time.

Payments worth up to $1,700 for states like Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine & Oregon

The first round that went out was based on 2020 state tax returns if income was at least $12,750.

This means working at least 20 hours per weeks for 50 weeks at minimum wage in 2020.

To qualify, income must be 300% below the federal poverty line.

That level depends on your household income and family size.

Anyone that received unemployment does not qualify.

Anyone eligible is getting both rounds of payments through the mail by check automatically.

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