Mid February, the Maryland General Assembly took a historic step with the passage of the Relief Act, which provides over $1.5 billion in pandemic relief.
Stimulus Payments: Direct one-time stimulus payments of $300 for individuals and $500 for families who filed for the Earned Income Tax Credit. Marylanders would qualify for these payments who annually earn:
- $50,954 ($56,844 married filing jointly) with three or more qualifying children
- $47,440 ($53,330 married filing jointly) with two qualifying children
- $41,756 ($47,646 married filing jointly) with one qualifying child
- $15,820 ($21,710 married filing jointly) with no qualifying children
Individuals do not have to apply to receive these benefits. If you qualify, you will automatically receive direct payments immediately if the Comptroller’s office has your information on record. Check to see if you qualify here: https://interactive.marylandtaxes.gov/Relief
Small Business Assistance
The RELIEF Act of 2021 provides funding for new grant and loan programs for businesses and nonprofits to be administered by several state agencies. The RELIEF Act also provides funding for grant and loan programs to be administered by local governments. Please consult your county governments for programs administered by local economic development entities. The Comptroller will process payments to businesses and nonprofits who are awarded grants and loans by the agencies administering the programs. Please visit the following websites for more information:
Small businesses can keep the sales taxes they collect for up to three months, up to $3,000 per month. Businesses that received state pandemic assistance won’t have to pay taxes on that money. Please visit the following website for more information: https://www.marylandtaxes.gov/RELIEFAct/docs/Sales-and-Use-Tax-FAQs-FINAL.pdf
Individuals: No state and local income taxes on unemployment benefits received in 2020 and 2021 for individuals who made less than $75,000 or couples making under $100,000.
The RELIEF Act provides assistance to Marylanders who received unemployment insurance (UI) benefits or whose UI claims have been in adjudication for at least 30 days. Please visit the following website:
Businesses: Employers who laid people off during the pandemic do not have to pay increased unemployment insurance taxes. Businesses with fewer than 50 workers are able to postpone paying unemployment taxes for a year.
Questions about the Unemployment Insurance programs should be directed to the Maryland Department of Labor. https://www.dllr.state.md.us/
Utilities/ Rental/ Emergency Services
OHEP ( Maryland’s Office of Home Energy Programs) offers a year round Energy Assistance program to help with utility payments. You can apply at any time during the year, but you can only receive benefits once each year and must reapply each fiscal year (July- June). If you are having trouble affording your utility or heating bill, you do not need a turn off notice to qualify for assistance. The Office of Home Energy Programs strongly encourages you to apply for assistance before you receive a turn-off notice so that funds can be applied to your account as soon as possible. All OHEP program eligibility is income-based and you do not need a turn off notice to qualify for assistance. Please visit the following website to learn how to apply: https://dhs.maryland.gov/office-of-home-energy-programs/how-do-you-apply/
Emergency Assistance to Families with Children (EAFC) provides emergency cash assistance to families who need emergency help paying rent or utilities or for other emergencies. Visit https://dhs.maryland.gov/weathering-tough-times/emergency-assistance/ for more information.
Various programs have postponed upcoming recertification dates. The following programs are included: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA), Temporary Disability Assistance Program (TDAP), or Public Assistance to Adults (PAA). If your redetermination is due from October 2020- March 2021, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO DO ANYTHING at this time. Learn more at: https://dhs.maryland.gov/documents/COVID-19/RedetFlyer_Oct_Recertification%20(1).pdf
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