- Payments will be sent to those who qualify.
- Bonus checks are intended for certain workers.
- These payments will be up to $1,000
See if you qualify! Thousands of people in various cities and states in the United States will receive extra money through bonus checks, which are subject to taxes and will be granted to workers in addition to their salaries, The Sun reported on Saturday May 21.
And for those who are looking for a job, some places may offer sign-on bonuses to attract new employees, the outlet stated. Find out which cities and states will award bonus payments to their workers.
Minnesota will send out bonus checks
According to The Sun, Minnesota will send bonus checks to hundreds of thousands of workers as part of a $500 million plan. This is about $750 per person, which will go to the state’s frontline workers who worked during the height of the coronavirus pandemic.
The groups eligible for payments are: long-term care and home care; health care; emergency response personnel; those of public health, social services and regulation services; courts and prisons; Childcare; schools: concerted, state and higher education; food services: production, processing, preparation, sale and delivery; retail trade: sale, preparation, distribution and delivery; shelters and temporary hotels; building services: maintenance, concierge and security; public transport; land and air transportation services; personnel in manufacturing and vocational rehabilitation.
Who can claim the payment?
Eligible workers had to be employed for at least 120 hours in Minnesota in one or more front-line sectors during the period beginning March 15, 2020 and ending June 30, 2021. In addition, the income for couples who were employed in direct care for Covid-19 patients should not exceed $349,999. For all other filers it’s $175,000, The Sun reported.
Meanwhile, the thresholds are stricter for those in other groups. In this case, the income limit is $185,000 for couples and $85,000 for all other filers. To claim your payments, you will need to fill out an application. However, the system does not yet accept them, but it plans to start doing so in the middle of next month. Once the window opens, eligible workers will have 45 days to apply. 667,000 workers are expected to be able to claim their bonus checks, The Sun reported.
A Maine city will send payments
The town of Augusta, Maine, is rewarding employees who worked during the pandemic and were at higher risk of contracting the coronavirus. Under the plan, the money depends on the number of hours worked and the category of the position, according to the Kennebec Journal.
For example, most full-time municipal workers are entitled to a $500 bonus, while part-time workers will receive $250. But if you happen to work in the public safety line, custody, dispatch or garbage collection, you could be entitled to another $500. Full-time workers in one of those groups would receive a total of $1,000, while those working part-time can get $500.
Another state will also award bonus checks
Meanwhile, The Sun added, Connecticut state lawmakers earlier this month approved a $24.2 billion budget that included bonuses for workers, but it’s unclear whether the measure will go through. The list of employees eligible for the lawmakers-approved bill includes a number of front-line workers, such as those in healthcare, public transportation, first responders, day care centers, courts and corrections, as well as retail.
Eligible full-time workers could receive one-time payments of between $200 and $1,000, which would vary based on income, according to NBC Connecticut. Some part-time workers would receive $500, with the maximum income to qualify being $150,000. After lawmakers approved the package, Governor Ned Lamont signed a “2023 budget adjustment bill” into law. Although it includes more than $600 in tax cuts, there is no mention of the bonuses in a statement issued by the Governor’s office. It is not clear if the provision did not make it into the final version of the bill, or if there is a plan for it later.
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