NEXT month marks the arrival of two deadlines for direct payments worth up to $5,350 for Americans.
Several states and cities have established relief or tax rebate programs to help residents as they struggle against sky-high inflation and economic uncertainty.
For the 12 months ending February, inflation rose 6 percent, according to the consumer price index.
Food, in particular, was high, up 9.5 percent over the year.
To secure some extra money, Americans need to apply for payments by the end of April.
The U.S. Sun outlined the two deadlines coming up and what you need to know to potentially qualify and get each payment.
1. KANSAS ($150-$700)
Kansas residents have the potential to score some extra relief if they claim a payment by April.
The Homestead Refund and the Kansas Property Tax Relief for Low-Income Seniors (SAFESR) are available to older, disabled, and low-income residents.
Qualifying Kansans could earn up to $700 depending on their situation.
To earn the Homestead Refund, you must be a homeowner in the state with a total household income under $37,750.
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You must also be either at least 56 years old, be blind, permanently disabled, or had a dependent child living with you for all of 2022.
Many of these residents are also likely eligible for the SAFESR Refund.
The program gives certain low-income property owners a 75 percent refund on property taxes paid if they meet these qualifications:
- 65 years old or older
- Owned their Kansas home for all of 2022
- Home value equals $350,000 or less
- Household income is $22,000 or less
The deadline to file these claims with the state of Kansas is April 15.
2. AUDI ($20 to $5,350)
If you are the owner of an Audi, you could be eligible to earn a payment of up to $5,350.
The company agreed to pay customers back from a $3.5million pot after customers’ information was allegedly stolen in a data breach.
However, you only qualify for the payments if you received a notice from Audi or Volkswagen informing you that your personal information (PI) or sensitive personal information (SPI) was exposed in the breach that occurred between 2019 and 2021.
There are three subclasses of eligibility, and the size of the payment customers are due depends on which category they fall under.
The nationwide PI subclass is made up of class members whose PI was compromised in the breach. These members can receive payments of $20.
The nationwide SPI subclass, meanwhile, consists of class members whose SPI was compromised. These members can receive payments of $80.
But there’s a third category, the California SPI subclasses, which is made up of members whose SPI was compromised while they were residing in California. These members are due $350.
Keep in mind, actual payment amounts may be higher or lower depending on the number of claimants who come forward during the settlement.
However, if you are a Californian, you could earn significantly more.
Eligible claimants can also file for up to $5,000 for fraud, identity theft, credit expenses, communication charges, and up to four hours of unpaid time off work at $50 per hour.
This means customers in California could have as much as $5,350 coming their way.
To receive a settlement, you must submit a valid claim form by April 12.
OTHER AVAILABLE PAYMENTS
There are plenty of other payments going out to Americans with certain qualifications.
In Georgia, residents can earn up to $500 in income tax refunds.
The funds represent a $1billion portion of the state’s $6.6billion budget surplus.
“Last year, we returned over a billion dollars to the taxpayers of our state, and I’m proud we’re doing it again,” Governor Brian Kemp said.
Solo filers receive $250, heads of households get $375, and couples are due $500.
Meanwhile, California’s pilot universal basic income program is offering monthly payments from a $500,000 pot to 30 residents.
The $800 payments will be sent for 18 months.
The online portal began accepting applications on March 15.
There’s also a relief check worth up to $1,250 available in Montana.
Plus, these are the five relief payments going out in March.
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