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Automatic $850 checks to go out to hundreds of thousands of Americans in DAYS – who’s eligible

HUNDREDS of thousands of Americans will be getting a check in their mailbox.

The state of Maine is sending up to 200,000 payments each week under its tax rebate program until everyone gets a check.

Maine has been sending out checks since early this month

It has been sending payments out since June 2.

The tax rebates are worth $850 per individual and $1,700 for the average family.

Who is eligible?  

To qualify for a rebate check, you must meet a few requirements. 

As far as income goes, an individual must not exceed $100,000, while heads of the household and couples can make up to $150,000 and $200,000 respectively.

These will be based on 2021 tax returns, which must be filed by October 31. 

Moreover, you must not be claimed as a dependent on another's tax return to qualify for the rebate.

When your check will arrive by

Keep in mind that when you receive your check could depend on when it's issued. 

The 5,000 residents who were sent checks earlier this month may have already got them, for example.

The Department of Administrative Financial Affairs (DAFS) told The Sun it is “processing checks at our peak capacity of 200,000 checks per week”. 

There is no specific order by which the payments are going out, according to the DAFS.

With about 200,000 tax rebates set to go out each week, that would mean most payments would be issued by the end of the month. 

"Maine people who have already filed their 2021 Maine tax return are expected to receive their check by mid-July," Governor Janet Mills' office said.

You can try using Maine’s refund status tool to track your payment.

Roughly 858,000 Maine residents are eligible for a tax rebate. 

Also, they are not expected to be delayed as initially feared. 

What other states are sending out money?

Additionally, several other places in the country have approved plans to send out tax rebates. 

In Delaware, 600,000 are getting rebate payments worth up to $600

Those were expected to start going out before the end of May. 

Roughly 4.3million who live in Indiana have started to see tax rebates hit their bank accounts, which will continue through mid-summer. 

They are worth $125 for eligible singles, and $250 for couples.

Paper checks are set to be issued in July or August.

Moreover, bonus checks worth $500 for eligible workers in Massachusetts have gone out this month.

For more on how you could get money, see the 41 cities and states offering universal basic income. 

Plus, nine banks are offering $1,500 in summer bonuses.

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