Opinion

Don’t miss out on relief checks

To the editor:

The Legislature has completed its work for the 2020-2022 term, and, while there is much to report, there is one item I want to be sure Aroostook County residents know about.

 Recognizing that Mainers are struggling with rising prices and the lingering strain from the pandemic, my colleagues and I passed legislation to send revenue dollars directly to you. This will come in the form of $850 checks, which will be mailed to over 850,000 tax filers starting in June.

 In order to receive your check, you must be a full-time Maine resident and file your state income tax return by Oct. 31, 2022. If you have already filed your taxes for the year, you should be all set. But not everyone files income taxes, including many older Mainers who do not have income to report.

 If you have not already filed a Maine income tax return this year, you will need to do so by Oct. 31, as I mentioned above. This is true even if you have no income to report or do not owe any income taxes. The good news is the process is very simple for most Mainers in this situation.

If you have not filed your state income taxes and need assistance with filing, there is help available. You can contact the CA$H Maine Aroostook office at 207-764-3721 or info@acap-me.org or the Augusta office at 207-621-3430 or dempster@maine.edu.

 Please feel welcome to reach out to me with any questions or concerns on this or any other matter at 207-472-4212 or David.McCrea@legislature.maine.gov.

 Rep. David McCrea
Fort Fairfield

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