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More State Stimulus Money in October: Which States Are Sending Payments

It's now fall and a handful of states are sending rebates, refunds and stimulus payments to residents. Find out if yours is one of them.

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Tax rebate checks are going out in several states in September and October.
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To help residents weather the uncertain economy, many states are sending stimulus checks as large as $1,050 in the form of one-time tax rebates and refunds. Californians, for example, should start receiving their "Middle Class Tax Refund" checks in October. Eligible Virginians can look for their rebate checks by Halloween. 

Some states have already started sending money back to taxpayers. Illinois residents, for example, could receive their income tax rebates of up to $100 and a property tax refund of up to $300 this week. Many Colorado taxpayers should get a $750 refund check by Friday, Sept. 30. 

Which other states are issuing payments in October and through the end of the year? How much money can eligible taxpayers get? Read on to find out.

For more on economic relief, check out plans for statewide child tax credits, as well as gas rebate checks and gas tax holidays across the US. 

California middle class refund checks

Starting in October, millions of Californians will receive inflation relief checks of up to $1,050, either as a direct deposit or in the mail as a debit card. The payments are coming out of California's $97 billion budget surplus. The state expects 95% of the payments to go out in 2022, with the remaining checks due by Jan. 15, 2023.

How much California residents will receive is based on income, tax-filing status and household size from their 2020 tax return.

  • Single taxpayers who earn less than $75,000 a year and couples who file jointly and make less than $150,000 a year will receive $350 per taxpayer and another $350 if they have any dependents. A married couple with children, therefore, could receive as much as $1,050.
  • Individual filers who make between $75,000 and $125,000 a year -- and couples who earn between $150,000 and $250,000 -- will receive $250 per taxpayer, plus another $250 if they have any dependents. A family with children could therefore receive a total of $750.
  • Individual filers who earn between $125,000 and $250,000 and couples who earn between $250,000 and $500,000 annually would receive $200 each. A family with children in this bracket could receive a maximum of $600.

Single taxpayers earning $250,000 or above and couples earning a combined $500,000 are ineligible for the payments.

Colorado refund checks

State residents who have filed their 2021 return by June 30 will get a physical check for $750 by Sept. 30, thanks to the 1992 Taxpayer's Bill of Rights (TABOR) Amendment. (Joint filers will get $1,500.)

In May, Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill to get the refunds to taxpayers sooner, with more than half already cashed by late August. 

Filers who received an extension and filed by the Oct. 17 deadline will receive their refund by Jan. 31, 2023.

Delaware rebate

After Gov. John Carney approved the Delaware Relief Rebate Program in April, a $300 stimulus check was cut for all residents who filed their 2020 tax returns. 

Even if you filed jointly, each person should receive a payment, which started going out in May.

Florida check

Nearly 60,000 Florida families received one-time payments of $450 per child "to offset the costs of rising inflation," according to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.

To qualify, families must receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (also known as welfare), be a foster parent or a relative or nonrelative caregiver or participate in the Guardianship Assistance Program.

You didn't need to apply for the benefit, which has been automatically mailed to eligible recipients. According to the Florida Department of Children and Families, checks should have arrived in time for Florida's "back to school" sales tax holiday, held July 25 to Aug. 7.   

Georgia rebate

Gov. Brian Kemp signed a bill in March authorizing rebates to taxpayers who filed their state returns for both 2020 and 2021. Single taxpayers received $250 in May, with heads of households getting $375 and married couples filing jointly netting $500.

Partial-year residents, those who pay little or no income taxes, or individuals who owe taxes, child support or other payments may have received a smaller rebate.  

The Department of Revenue started issuing rebates in May and, according to its website, most residents who filed their 2021 state return by April 18 should have received theirs by early August.

The Hawaii State Capitol

Hawaii taxpayers should have started receiving direct deposits of their tax rebates on Sept. 9. Physical checks won't go out until later in October, however.

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Hawaii rebate

Residents who earned under $100,000 in 2021 -- or $200,000 if they file jointly -- are receiving a $300 tax rebate this year, with dependents also eligible for the rebate. A qualifying family of four could receive $1,200.

Individuals who earned more than $100,000 and couples who earned more than $200,000 will receive a one-time $100 payout.

According to Gov. David Inge, direct deposits started being issued on Sept. 9. Residents who got their original tax refund by check or who filed after July 31 will receive theirs later.

Physical checks probably won't go out until late October, Gov. David Ige told reporters, "dependent on the arrival of the check stock."  

Idaho rebate

Gov. Brad Little signed a bill in February giving $75 to each taxpayer and dependent, or 12% of their 2020 state income tax return, whichever is greater. 

Checks started going out in March and residents can review the status of their rebate online.

Illinois rebate

Illinois' estimated $1.83 billion relief package, which went into effect July 1, includes income and property tax rebates and a temporary cut in several sales taxes that should be going out from September through November.

Individuals who earned less than $200,000 in 2021 will receive a $50 income tax rebate while couples filing jointly with incomes under $400,000 will receive $100. Filers can also earn $100 per dependent they claimed on their 2021 taxes, up to three dependents. In all, a family of four can earn as much as $300.

Comptroller Susanna Mendoza expects to start cutting checks the week of Sept. 12, the Illinois Department of Revenue told CNET in an email, with distribution finishing roughly eight weeks later.

Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker's Family Relief Plan also includes several tax holidays and rebates, including a suspension of the state's sales tax on groceries from July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023, and a permanent expansion of the earned income credit from 18% to 20% of the federal credit.

Indiana rebate

Hoosiers are eligible for $125 rebates regardless of income, thanks to the state's automatic taxpayer refund law

Direct deposit payments started going out in May. Printed checks were slated to be sent to the 1.7 million taxpayers who didn't provide banking information in July, but were held up until mid-August, Gov. Eric Holcomb told Fox 59, "because the paper supply required was delayed." 

During the wait, the Indiana Legislature tacked on another $200 to each check.

The combined payments --  $325 for individuals, or $650 for married couples filing jointly -- will be included in one paper check. It will take the state until early October to print all 1.7 million paper checks. Indiana residents who haven't received a rebate by Nov. 1 should contact the state's Department of Revenue.

Maine relief

Maine taxpayers who have filed their 2021 state tax returns and have an adjusted gross income of less than $100,000 are eligible for an $850 direct relief payment. Couples filing jointly will receive a single payment of $1,700.

Checks were sent out starting in July, and WMTW reports that the state has mailed $850 payments to all qualifying residents. You can check on the status of your refund via Maine's government portal.

Massachusetts refund

Massachusetts taxpayers will get nearly $3 billion in tax revenue back, starting in November, the state Executive Office for Administration and Finance has confirmed. Under a 1986 voter-approved law known as Chapter 62F,  state tax revenue is tied to wages and salaries -- and any excess is returned to taxpayers.

This is only the second time since the law was passed that the refund has been triggered.

Massachusetts Finance Secretary Michael Heffernan said taxpayers will receive a credit "in the proportion that they paid in," but hasn't provided details yet on exactly how much they could get, or when or how it would be distributed.

The administration previously said the credit would be a refund of approximately 13% of their 2021 state income tax liability. That's just an estimate, however -- it won't be finalized until late October when all 2021 tax returns have been filed -- and individual refunds could be offset by unpaid tax liability, child support payments and other debts.

A website has been set up to answer frequently asked questions and help residents get a preliminary estimate of their refund. A call center is also available at 877-677-9727. 

Massachusetts already sent $500 stimulus checks to low-income workers in the spring. 

Minnesota check

Certain Minnesota frontline workers are eligible to receive a one-time payment of $750, including emergency responders, health care staff, court officials and retail workers.

Almost 1.2 million workers applied for Minnesota's frontline bonus check by the July 22 deadline, per the Duluth News Tribune. The large number of applicants who are approved -- if more than 667,000 -- could shrink the $750 payout. Applicants should have been notified in mid-August, with payments coming shortly after.

Gov. Tim Walz has also called for a special session of the legislature to pass a proposed income tax rebate of $1,000 for individual filers earning less than $165,000 and $2,000 for couples earning less than $275,000. 

Walz, a member of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, hasn't had much support among Republican lawmakers, who call the plan an election-year gimmick. 

"I think it is absolutely unconscionable that we are sitting on money in the bank of Minnesota and it could go right back to families in cash right now," Walz said at a July 27 news conference, the Duluth News Tribune reported. 

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New Jersey homeowners earning up to $150,000 will receive $1,500 rebates on their property taxes, while renters who earn up to $150,000 will receive $450.

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New Jersey rebate

Some 2 million New Jersey households are getting property tax rebates, thanks to the Affordable New Jersey Communities for Homeowners and Renters (ANCHOR), a $2 billion property tax relief program signed by Gov. Phil Murphy at the end of June.

Homeowners making up to $150,000 will receive $1,500 rebates on their property taxes, while those earning between $150,000 and $250,000 will receive $1,000. Renters who earn up to $150,000 will receive $450 checks. 

The rebates will be coming later than many other states' payouts. The New Jersey state treasury spokesperson, Jennifer Sciortino, could only confirm it would be "no later than May 2023," Patch.com reported, via check or direct deposit.

New Mexico rebate

The Land of Enchantment issued a rebate to all taxpayers -- $500 for individual filers and $1,000 for joint filers, heads of households and surviving spouses. The payments have been broken into two parts: The first check went out in June, and the second in August.

The state also issued $250 rebates in July to taxpayers who filed individually and earned less than $75,000. (Married couples filing jointly with incomes under $150,000 received $500). 

New York rebate

In June, about 3 million New York state homeowners started receiving property-tax rebates of up to $1,050. New York City households got an average of $425 back

Those who qualified should have automatically been sent a check by the end of June, but details on eligibility are available at the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance website.

In addition, New York City Mayor Eric Adams signed legislation in late August granting hundreds of thousands of low- and middle-class homeowners in the city a one-time property tax rebate of up to $150.

Owners of one, two, or three-family residences who had incomes of $250,000 or less in 2020 are eligible for the rebate, provided the property is their primary residence.

Homeowners who received a School Tax Relief (STAR) credit or exemption during the fiscal year 2023 will be sent checks automatically starting in late August. (If the Department of Finance has incomplete income information, it will send a letter detailing how to certify your eligibility.)

Owners who do not receive a STAR exemption but believe they are eligible for the rebate will be able to file an application. The deadline for filing a claim is in November, and those rebate checks should go out in the fall.

Pennsylvania check

In July, more than 260,000 older homeowners, renters and people with disabilities started receiving part of a massive $121.7 million payout issued through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.

Eligible residents should visit the MyPath website or file a paper application before the extended deadline of Dec. 31, 2022, with payments coming as a direct deposit or check. 

The maximum standard rebate is $650, according to the Department of Revenue, but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost that amount to $975. (The department will automatically calculate supplemental rebates for qualifying applicants.)

Check the status of your rebate using the state government's Where's My Rebate? tool, inputting your Social Security number, date of birth and the year you are claiming for.

South Carolina refund

Income tax refund checks of up to $800 will be sent out to South Carolina taxpayers starting in late November or December.

Any resident who paid taxes will receive a rebate, with the amount increasing based on their tax liability, up to an $800 cap per filing. It will be a full refund for those who paid $800 or less, according to The Center Square, which includes 33% of taxpayers. 

The rebates are being issued per person, regardless of whether you filed individually or jointly. Those who did not pay income taxes -- around 44% of South Carolina residents -- will not receive a check.

Visit the South Carolina Department of Revenue website to see if you are eligible for the rebate and calculate the amount.

Virginia rebate

By mid-October, millions of Virginians should receive one-time tax rebates worth $250, or $500 if they filed jointly.

Payments will be sent by mailed check and direct deposit.

The Virginia Department of Taxation's website lists more information regarding those rebate payments for eligible taxpayers. According to the website, not all taxpayers will qualify for this.

According to Virginia Department of Taxation Commissioner Craig Burns, rebates will start being distributed in a "soft launch" starting Sept. 16. 

"A few thousand direct deposits, a few thousand checks, just to make sure everything works before we go live," Burns said in a press conference. For taxpayers who filed their state returns by Sept. 5, most rebates would begin going out on Monday, Sept. 19, with plans to send out 250,000 each weekday.

"Over the course of the program through the end of the year, we expect to issue about 3.2 million one-time tax rebates," Burns added.

Some 1.3 million rebates will be sent through direct deposit and 1.9 million in paper checks.

Physical checks are being issued to individuals who did not include banking information in their return, whose direct deposit was declined or whose rebate was offset by outstanding debts, according to the Virginia Department of Taxation.

The agency expects 2.9 million rebates to be issued by Oct. 11, with the remainder trickling out through the rest of the year for returns filed by Nov. 1. 

Eligible residents who filed by July 1 should receive their rebate by Oct. 31.

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