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Starting Monday, Mainers who worked during early days of pandemic will receive disaster relief money

The average check will be about $275.
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AUGUSTA, Maine — Starting Monday, Mainers who worked during the early days of the pandemic will receive disaster relief payments. 

The Department of Administrative and Financial Services estimates that around 535,000 working Mainers are eligible and will receive about $275 each.

"The hardworking men and women who kept our state running through the pandemic deserve our appreciation," said Governor Janet Mills. "I hope this will help Maine families to some small degree as we continue the fight against COVID-19 and work to fully recover our economy."

The payments will start rolling out as paper checks and will continue over a period of five to six weeks.

Who gets a check:

  • Any Mainer who lived full-time in Maine and earned wages, salaries, tips, and other taxable pay within the 2020 tax year.
  • Those with an adjusted gross income of less than $75,000 per person or $150,000 if filing jointly.
  • Those not claimed as a dependent on another taxpayer's income tax return.

This one-time thank you payment is a result of a bipartisan $149.8 million budget deal enacted by the state legislature and signed by Mills.

There was an eligibility deadline of Oct. 31, 2021, after which the final payment amount was determined. 

No application is required. Full eligibility details are available at Maine.gov/revenue/check. Those with questions about Disaster Relief Payments should contact Maine Revenue Services at 207-624-9924 or visit Maine.gov/revenue/check

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