During a Monday morning press conference, Gov. Larry Hogan announced the $1 billion RELIEF Act of 2021 that includes state tax cuts and an income tax credit to help Maryland families, individuals, the unemployed and small businesses reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic.
This income tax credit would include $750 for families who applied for the Earned Income Tax Credit and $450 for individuals. No application is needed and it is in addition to the federal stimulus check.
“This relief will go directly to more than $400,000 Marylanders in need,” Hogan said. “These checks can begin going out immediately as soon as the legislative RELIEF Act is passed by the legislature and I sign it into law.”
The payments will go to low-to-moderate income Marylanders, meaning families who make less than $57,000. The relief will be broken up into two rounds, with the first checks going out when the RELIEF ACT becomes law. The immediate check would be $500 for families and then $300 for individuals.
Marylanders would qualify for these payments if they:
- If you earn $50,954 individually, or $56,844 joint, with three or more children.
- If you earn $47,440 individually, or $53,330 joint, with two children.
- If you earn $41,756 individually, or $47,646 joint, with one child
- If you earn $15,820 individually, or $21,710 joint, without children.
These families would later get an addition $250 or $150 for individuals in a second payment.
As for the unemployed, the RELIEF Act would commit another $180 million in targeted tax relief for Marylanders who have lost their jobs — by repealing all state and local income taxes on unemployment benefits.
The RELIEF Act also makes a $300 million commitment to supporting small businesses with sales tax credit which would give each business up to $3,000 per month for four months (a total of $12,000). This help will go towards 55,000 Maryland small businesses.