Stimulus Checks 2023 from the federal government ended a couple of years ago, but some states have provided financial relief through tax rebate checks or inflation relief payments. Last year, over twenty states distributed one-time payments to qualifying residents, and some states are continuing to offer rebates in 2023.
What Is Stimulus Check 2023?
The Stimulus Check 2023 is a financial assistance program launched by the government with the objective of stimulating economic growth and supporting those who are facing financial hardships. It is the third round of Stimulus Checks 2023 following similar measures implemented in previous years. The program aims to inject funds directly into the hands of eligible individuals, enabling them to meet essential needs, boost consumer spending, and contribute to economic recovery.
Stimulus Check 2023 Eligibility Criteria
Let us look at some common factors that are often considered in determining eligibility:
Many stimulus programs consider an individual or household’s income. There may be income thresholds or limits above which individuals or households may not qualify for the stimulus payment. These thresholds can vary based on filing status (single, married, filing jointly, etc.) and the number of dependents.
Tax Filing Status
The government often looks at tax filing status to determine eligibility for Stimulus Checks 2023. Those who have filed tax returns as individuals or jointly with a spouse are typically considered for stimulus payments. Non-filers may have different processes to ensure they are eligible for the stimulus check.
Some stimulus programs provide additional funds for eligible dependents. The definition of dependents may vary but generally includes children, elderly adults, or individuals with disabilities who the taxpayer financially supports.
Citizenship or Residency Status
Eligibility for Stimulus Checks 2023 may be limited to citizens or residents of the country implementing the program. Non-citizens or non-residents may have different criteria or exclusions.
States Considering More Stimulus Checks 2023
Here is a list of states considering more Stimulus Checks 2023. See whether your state is on the list and whether you qualify for stimulus support.
Idaho sent out tax rebates and “Special Session Rebates” in March and September 2022. Most of the 2022 rebate payments have already been sent, according to the Idaho State Tax Commission, though the agency continues to send more as taxpayers file their returns and become eligible. You can track the status of your rebates using the Where’s My Rebate tool at tax.idaho.gov/rebate.
Oct. 17, 2022, was the last date to submit information to receive the Illinois Income Tax Rebate and Property Tax Rebate, according to the Illinois Department of Revenue. Most of those payments have already been made. However, the state Comptroller has indicated that payments will continue until all have been issued.
Massachusetts began paying state tax refunds in November 2022, and those payments are essentially over. Eligible filers were entitled to a refund of 14.0312% of their 2021 Massachusetts state tax liability. If you have not yet filed your 2021 return, however, you are still eligible if you file by Sept. 15, 2023, according to Mass.gov. If eligible for a refund, you should receive it about one month after you file.
Montana residents might qualify for a property tax rebate of up to $675 and/or an income tax rebate equal to the lesser of $2,500 for joint filers ($1,250 for other classifications) or their state tax liability. The state began issuing individual income tax rebates in July 2023, according to the Montana Business & Income Tax Division. These rebates will be issued in the order that they were filed and will be completed by Dec. 31, 2023.
Taxpayers can claim the 2022 property tax rebate online through the agency’s TransAction Portal or by paper form beginning Aug. 15, 2023. The claim must be filed by Oct. 1, 2023. The state will begin accepting claims for the 2023 rebate on Aug. 15, 2024, and the claim must be filed by Oct. 1, 2024.
New Mexico is offering two types of rebates to residents in 2023 — one for taxpayers and one for those who are not required to file tax returns. The income tax rebate amounts to $1,000 for joint filers and $500 for single filers and those who are married and filing separately. Eligible residents have until May 31, 2024, to file the 2021 personal income tax return if they have not already done so, according to the New Mexico Department of Taxation & Revenue.
Relief payments of $500 or $1,000 are also being issued to New Mexicans who don’t qualify for the above rebates. A total of $15 million has been appropriated for these payments and were distributed based on an application process with the state’s Human Services Department. Applicants can use this link to check their status.
There’s a new payment for 2023 for Maine residents who lived in the state full time and filed a tax return for 2021 no later than Oct. 31, 2022. It’s called the “Winter Energy Relief Payment.” As long as the federal adjusted gross income (AGI) reported on the 2021 Maine tax return was less than $100,000 (single taxpayers and married couples filing separate returns), $150,000 (heads of household) or $200,000 (married filers with joint returns), taxpayers might qualify for payments sent no later than March 31, 2023.
Back in 2020, things were looking bleak with the Covid-19 pandemic raging and uncertainty about what was to come next. Then, there was some light in the midst of all the darkness when it was announced that Stimulus Checks 2023 would be sent out to Americans who were finding themselves in dire financial straits due to the global shutdown.
While economic Stimulus Checks 2023 were sent out to Americans on several occasions over the course of the pandemic, it looks like the federal government isn’t looking to send out any more. However, some states are planning to send residents stimulus checks in 2023.
Estimated Amount: $200 to $1,050, depending on your income, filing status and whether you have dependents. Check with the California Franchise Tax Board for the necessary qualifications.
Residents of the Golden state might be familiar with California stimulus payments, once referred to as “Middle Class Tax Refunds,” which are available to citizens who filed 2020 California state tax by Oct. 15, 2021, and lived in California full time for a minimum of six months in 2020.
As long as Californians couldn’t be claimed as 2020 tax dependents on someone else’s return and did not exceed the California adjusted gross income limit — $250,000 for single people and married couples filing separate tax returns or over $500,000 or others — then chances are a payment is on the way in the first half of 2023.
The ANCHOR Tax Relief Program will send rebates of $1,500 to New Jersey residents who owned homes in 2019, with a total income of $150,000 or less in 2023. Homeowners with household income from $150,001 to $250,000 should expect payments of $1,000. New Jersey renters with a 2019 tax return showing income of $150,000 or less can anticipate a $450 rebate.
Eligible New Jersey residents qualify for $500 for every ITIN holder listed on their tax return under the ITIN program, according to the state tax guide.
If you are a Pennsylvania resident at least 65 years of age, a widow(er) at least 50 or a person with disabilities at least 18 years old, then you might be able to apply for a stimulus payment with the “Property Tax/Rent Rebate” program. The annual income limit is $35,000 for homeowners and $15,000 for renters.
Also note that 50% of Social Security benefits are excluded, as well as a reduction to 70% of any 2021 rebate on property taxes.
Due to the effects of Hurricane Ian, South Carolina rebates are set to be delivered in two phases, depending on the date you filed your tax return in 2021 with the state of South Carolina.
People who filed by Oct. 17, 2022, already should have the money, while those who missed the deadline but filed before Feb. 15, 2023, should receive checks no later than March 31, 2023.
If you’re a South Carolina resident and wondering about the status of your check, use the South Carolina Department of Revenue’s tracker to keep an eye out for your rebate.