Maryland RELIEF Act – What You Need to Know

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Maryland residents who filed a 2019 tax return and received the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) will be automatically receiving an economic impact payment from the Maryland Comptroller in the coming week. The Recovery for the Economy, Livelihoods, Industries, Entrepreneurs, and Families (RELIEF) Act provides for automatic payments of $300 to individual tax filers and $500 to spouses who filed a joint return, for a surviving spouse, or head of household. This payment cannot be paid towards other state debts, except for child support. These payments are also not subject to garnishment once deposited into a bank account. However, they may be considered taxable income for federal tax purposes for 2021.  
 
These payments will be sent by direct deposit or by mail, based on the information you provided on your 2019 tax return. If your bank information or your address has changed since you filed that return, you can contact the Maryland Comptroller below to update this. You can also track your payment on the Maryland Comptroller’s website. 
 
To contact the Maryland Comptroller: 
 
Call: 1-833-345-0787 (select option for RELIEF Act information) 
 
To be eligible for this payment, you must have filed a 2019 tax return and you must have claimed the EITC. This means that if you received social security or other government benefits but did not receive earned income, you are not eligible. You can check whether you are eligible on the Comptroller of Maryland’s website: www.Marylandtaxes.gov/RELIEFAct. You will need to answer security questions to verify your identity, so it is best to have a copy of your 2019 tax return with you when you check.   
 

 

If you did not file a 2019 return and you were eligible for the EITC, you can still file.  
 
To be eligible for the EITC, you must fit the following criteria: 
  • Annual income of $50,954 or less ($56,844 or less married filing jointly) with three or more qualifying children 
  • Annual income of $47,440 or less ($53,330 or less married filing jointly) with two qualifying children 
  • Annual income of $41,756 or less ($47,646 or less married filing jointly) with one qualifying child 
  • Annual income $15,820 or less ($21,710 or less married filing jointly) with no qualifying children 
 
Marylanders who receive social security or other government benefits are not eligible for this unless they also earned income in 2019 and were eligible for the EITC. Individuals who were claimed as a dependent on someone else’s return are also not eligible.  
 
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