Rhode Island families seeking financial relief need to make sure their taxes are filed and their dependents claimed by the end of the day Wednesday to qualify for the state’s child tax rebate program.
Gov. Dan McKee announced on Aug. 2 that families may receive $250 per child for a maximum of three children, thereby receiving a maximum of $750. The tax rebates come from the governor’s fiscal year 2023 budget signed in June, the Washington Examiner reported.
“Rebate checks will be automatically issued to all eligible tax filers beginning in October 2022,” a press release from McKee’s office said.
Those eligible must meet three criteria. A person filing as single, married filing separately, head of household, or qualifying as a widow or widower must have an income of $100,000 or less, and those who are married filing jointly must take in a total income of $200,000 or less. Candidates must also have at least one qualifying dependent age 18 or younger as of Dec. 31, 2021, and they must have proof of residency in Rhode Island.
Those who meet Wednesday’s deadline can expect to receive the rebate in October. However, for those qualified to file by an extended deadline of Oct. 17, the rebate should be disbursed in December. About 115,000 families are expected to receive rebates, according to the website.
The child tax rebate program is unique compared to other states because there is no application required, according to McKee’s press release. However, other states such as Connecticut have also offered a rebate worth $750 for a three-child household.