2023 Inflation Relief Checks: Things to Know If You Live in These Southern States

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The U.S. Congress passed a series of bills to provide direct checks to Americans to assist them during the Pandemic. Federal payments began to subside and inflation began to rise rapidly. A few states from the South – Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia got in on the act. Most of the states that provide payments were from the two coasts. Unfortunately for residents who overlooked the deadlines, most of the Southern states that did make payouts concluded in 2022. But, there is one state in the South where residents may still be able to claim their relief benefit, South Carolina.

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In June 2022, in the form of a one-time tax rebate, the state legislature approved a plan to distribute $1 billion to residents. However, the initial deadline for those payments was Dec. 31, 2022.

These are the States Where Inflation Relief Programs Have Ended:

  • Florida

Known as Hope Florida, other households with children are eligible for a one-time payment per child of $450. Eligible taxpayers will automatically receive payments to balance the costs of rising inflation. On or before July 25, 2022, payments were made at the same time the tax holiday began.

  • Georgia

On account of the state’s budget surplus rebate, payments were sent to qualifying taxpayers. The payments were only available to those who filed their 2021 taxes by April 18, 2022. Payments were sent out in August 2022, and no further release will be made.

  • Virginia

State’s General Assembly approved a one-time tax rebate. You had to file your taxes by Nov. 1, 2022, in order to be qualified for the rebate. Rebates are in the form of direct deposits, $250 per taxpayer, or $500 for couples filing jointly. Check your mail if you did not receive a direct deposit for a tax refund in prior years.

If you choose to make the most of the state’s disaster relief extension to file your taxes, you may still have a chance. Because the state will issue final payments in March 2023 for those who file their returns on or before Feb. 15, this is made possible by the provision of the disaster relief extension.

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