One state is sending out stimulus checks – The state government is moving forward with a new round of direct stimulus payments to help residents cope with the rising cost of food, fuel, and consumer goods, so millions of Massachusetts’ lowest-earners can anticipate receiving a $500 check in the mail in the coming weeks.
The state has used funds obtained from President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act before to fund direct payments. The Executive Office for Administration and Finance revealed the second round of premium payments made to low-income workers in a press release from May.
Thousands of qualified people will get the most recent batch of payouts, and the cheques should start showing up in mailboxes by the end of the month.
Receiving SSI & have children under 17? Go to the IRS site NOW and enter information to receive $500 per eligible child ASAP. #COVIDreliefIRS
— Social Security (@SocialSecurity) April 21, 2020
The COVID-19 Essential Employee Premium Pay program was approved by the Massachusetts Legislature and signed into law by Governor Baker in December 2021 as a part of a $4 billion spending plan for the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.
“The Baker-Polito Administration today announced its plan for the second round of $500 payments to low-income workers under the COVID-19 Essential Employee Premium Pay programme,” according to the May 19 statement.
Bill and Melinda Gates’ opulent, futuristic mega mansion may be difficult to sell Mansion Global The anticipated 330,000 eligible recipients of these payments will get about $165 million in June. Ron Mariano, speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, gave the new initiative high praise on Twitter.
Mariano stated that “the vital workers who worked to maintain the Commonwealth’s operations during the height of the pandemic deserve nothing less.”
Who Is Eligible?
The criteria for the most recent round of payments are largely the same as before. To account for the adjustments to the federal poverty level calculations, the criteria have been updated this time.
As long as they earned at least $13,5000 but had a total income at or below 300 percent of the federal poverty level, any Massachusetts resident who filed a 2021 tax return in the state will be qualified for the payment.
That would entail anyone making $13.50 an hour for 50 weeks in a year while putting in 20 hours of work. For one taxpayer, $38,640 is 300 percent of the federal poverty line. That comes to $54,360 for a household or family of 2.
It costs $65,880 for three, $79,500 for four, $93,120 for five, and $106,750 for six. Recipients must have resided in Massachusetts as of June 15, 2021, or as of January 1, 2021, through June 15, 2021, for at least a portion of the calendar year.
Both those who got unemployment benefits in 2021 and those who received a payment in the first round of the stimulus payments for low income workers are ineligible for this second phase. On this official portal, residents of Massachusetts can learn more about their eligibility for the most recent round of payments.