Deadline to apply for $850 state relief checks is Monday

Oct. 28—The deadline to apply for Maine's $850 COVID-19 relief checks is Monday.

Full-time residents must file a 2021 Maine income tax return to receive the payments, which is based on adjusted gross income. Eligible residents who have filed a 2021 Maine tax return received their check in June.

However, seniors receiving Social Security and others who do not typically file tax returns will need to file a 2021 Maine tax return by Monday to receive their check.

Those eligible must not be claimed as a dependent, and must have a federal adjusted gross income of $100,000 if filing single or if married and filing separately, $150,000 if filing as head of household, or $200,000 for couples filing jointly.

According to the state, an estimated 858,000 individuals will ultimately receive the check. The checks are part of a $1.2 billion supplemental state budget that was approved by lawmakers and signed by Mills in April.

Mainers can check the status of their relief checks online at the Maine Revenue Service's website: https://portal.maine.gov/refundstatus/payment

Answers to frequently asked questions are on the governor's website: https://www.maine.gov/governor/mills/relief-checks

CA$H Maine is offering free help for those who need to file a 2021 Maine tax return on their website: https://www.cashmaine.org/

People in the Lewiston-Auburn area can also call CA$H Maine for help filing their tax return at 207-739-6530.

The Maine Revenue Service can be reached at (207) 624-9924.