The Baker administration plans to provide $500 in relief cheques to around 300,000 low-income, vital employees the following week.
Beginning on Monday, citizens of Massachusetts who qualify for the COVID-19 Essential Employee Premium Pay programme will begin receiving their payments.
House Speaker Ron Mariano tweeted, “The Legislature was honoured to establish this programme through our ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act). Those who “didn’t sleep” to keep the Commonwealth functioning during the height of the epidemic should be rewarded.
To qualify, one must have either been a full-time Massachusetts resident between June 1, 2021 and June 15, 2021, or a part-time resident between those dates.
A minimum annual income of $13,500 is required, and applicants’ combined annual income must be less than 300 percent of the federal poverty threshold.
If you are filing as a single person, your income cannot exceed $38,640. Maximum annual income for a two-person family is $52,260, for three people it’s $65,880, and for four people it’s $79,500.
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The first wave of $500 checks, which went issued to around 480,000 people, is not transferable to this second phase.
On weekdays between 9 am and 4 pm EST, residents can reach an agent by dialling (866) 750-9803.
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