AUGUSTA, Maine — When Gov. Janet Mills signed the supplemental budget into law, more than 858,000 Mainers became eligible for $850 inflation relief checks.
The Mills administration launched a website in April to help answer people's questions about how to get those checks.
The website, Maine.gov/reliefchecks, aims to answer a series of frequently asked questions, including who is eligible, when will I receive my $850, how will I receive my $850, and what if I need help filing my taxes, among others.
Richard Turcotte of East Waterboro asked NEWS CENTER Maine's Verify team if those relief checks are subject to federal taxes.
Are Maine's $850 relief checks subject to federal income taxes?
No, the $850 relief checks are not subject to federal or state income taxes.
WHAT WE FOUND
The FAQ page of Maine.gov/reliefchecks states the Pandemic Relief Program was designed "not to be subject to Federal taxation or included in Federal Adjusted Gross Income calculations."
A spokesperson from Maine DAFS confirmed that intention.
In order to be eligible, you have to file a Maine state income tax return, even if you do not normally file.
Janet Smith, program manager of CA$H Maine said more than 5,000 Mainers have already made appointments to get help with filing state returns, and that many are learning they qualify for additional tax credits.
"There's a lot of people living on very little income and they've been missing out on some of the benefits they could have been getting through these tax credits for a number of years," Smith said. "People are in tears when they learn about these additional funds they're getting because sometimes people are getting an additional $1,000 that they didn't know they were going to get when they walked through that door."
You can track your relief check here.