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Direct payments: Nine payments worth up to $1,700 being distributed in August

Many Americans are still trying their best deal with the impacts of inflation.

Luckily, there are nine different direct relief payments that you may qualify for.


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Nine states are offering direct payments in August to help combat inflation. The states that are offering programs are:

1. Chicago, Illinois

Each month eligible Chicago residents can apply for $50 transit cards or $150 gas cards. The application deadline for this month has passed, but you can still apply to be in the September drawing. In order to be deemed eligible you must be at least 18 years old, have a city sticker with the correct mailing information for your vehicle, and have an income at or below 100% of the area median income for Chicago. The lottery will run through September. Selected applicants will get notified via email.

2. Colorado

The deadline for Colorado residents to file a return to claim the summer refund. However, you can still get up to $1,500, but you will have to wait longer for it. This is only true for those who have an approved extension which lasts until October 17. Those who filed before June 30, should see a check this month.

3. Delaware

Delaware lawmakers agreed to send a $300 check to any residents that filed a state tax return in 2020 or 2021. The sate intended to send all the checks out in May, but many taxpayers have been left out. Nearly 150,000 residents are still waiting on their rebate. The goal is to distribute another 50,000 to 100,000 checks between now and October.

4. Florida

Roughly 60,000 Florida residents will automatically receive a one-time payment of $450. In order to qualify for the payment you must be:

  • foster parents
  • relative caregivers
  • non-relative caregiver
  • a family receiving TANF cash assistance
  • Guardianship Assistance Program participants

The checks should arrive between July 25 and August 7.

5. Hawaii

Hawaii residents will get a one-time tax refund worth up to $1,200. Those making less than $100,000 annually will receive a $300 rebate. A reduced rebate is available for those making more than that but less than $200,000. However, that amount is increased if you have children. For example, a family of four would receive $1,200. The checks will be sent out the last week of August.

6. Maine

Maine has been sending out rebate checks worth $850 per person. However, the average family received $1,700. Each week of June, Maine mailed out 200,000 rebate checks, so most payments have been received by this point. However, checks will continue to go out on a rolling basis through the end of 2022 as long as your 2021 taxes are filed before October 31.

7. New Mexico

New Mexico’s second round of tax rebates are being sent out. The rebates re worth $250 for singles and $500 for married couples or those filing as heads of households. The checks were said to be processed in July, so payments should be available soon.

8. Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s property tax rebate program started direct deposit s on July 1. The maximum standard rebate is $650, but some homeowners may qualify for supplemental rebates of up to $975. In order to be eligible for the benefit you must be in one of the following groups:

  • 65 or older
  • a widows and widowers age 50 and older
  • disabled and 18 or older

If you haven’t claimed your rebate yet, you can apply online until the end of the year.

9. Connecticut

Connecticut approved child tax credits of $250 per child in a household, with a maximum credit of $750. However, the deadline to apply was July 31. As long as you met the income requirements, it was available to any parent who claimed at least one child on their 2021 tax returns. The payments are expected to be distributed in August.


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