The State of Maine has published a Frequently Asked Questions page to inform the public about the $850 relief payments that are available to an estimated 858,000 Mainers this year. The page outlines who is eligible for the payments; what is necessary in order to receive them; and what the filing deadline is for those who are eligible (October 31, 2022).
The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program in Maine, which normally ends its annual tax preparation services in mid-April with the traditional IRS filing deadline, has extended its availability in some areas (listed below) to assist people who haven’t already filed a 2021 Maine individual income tax return. The program will only be preparing Maine returns for those who did not file because they had no need to file (low income). The program will not be preparing full (federal/state) returns, prior year returns, amended returns, etc. Program volunteers are addressing a special need to have filed a Maine return in order to qualify for the $850 relief payment, not extending their normal tax preparation services. No appointment is needed except where indicated.
Portland Public Library: May 21, 28 (Saturdays), 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Westbrook Community Center: June 4, 11, 18, 25 (Saturdays), 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
American Legion Hall, South Portland: May 23, June 6, 13, 20, 27 (Mondays), 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
St. Anne’s Church, Gorham: May 19, 26, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (Thursdays), 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Brunswick Housing Authority: May 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Spectrum Generations, Damariscotta: May 24, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Kittery Community Center: by appointment only (call 207-439-3800)
Taxpayers (and their spouse if married) must bring their Social Security card, a picture ID, their Social Security benefits statement (SSA-1099) and all other income-related tax documents for tax year 2021. They should also bring information on rents or property taxes paid during calendar year 2021.
Please note: Surgical or N95 type masks are required at all locations (no cloth type). Program volunteers can provide a mask if needed.
For other forms of assistance in obtaining relief payments, the State of Maine advises that "taxpayers may visit www.cashmaine.org, call 2-1-1, or visit 211maine.org."
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