BUTafter Oregon legislators approved one-time incentive payments back in March, there is good news for some low-income workers who will start receiving $600 checks already this week.
Each household will receive up to one payment as the Oregon Department of Revenue reported last Wednesday that about $141.8 million will be distributed to 236,000 qualifying households.
“We know that the wealth gap has only continued to widen since the pandemic,” the statement said. Rep. Rachel Prusak spoke back in March.
“This means that rising costs are disproportionately affecting our lowest paid workers.
“Through this law, we are reaching out to working families and individuals whose hard work is essential and forms the backbone of our economy.”
Who’s getting $600 checks in Oregon this week?
According to the state government, Oregon to deposit about $82 million directly into bank accountsand the remaining $60 million will be mailed to eligible residents.
Oregon’s plan is to send all money by July 1, while an official from the Oregon Department of Revenue Rich Hoover it is clearly stated that the payments are not subject to state or federal income tax.
To be eligible for benefits, Oregon residents must have lived in the state during the last six months of 2020 and applied for an earned income tax credit in the same year.
“For the majority of Oregon households that qualify, you don’t have to do anything to get the lump sum payment,” the Department of Revenue said in a statement.
“Payment will be made by direct deposit or check in the mail. Typically, you will receive this payment using the refund option you selected on your tax return.
“If you received a pre-refund through your tax provider or paid your tax preparation fees with a refund, you will receive payment in the mail.
“All direct deposits will be made and checks will be mailed by July 1, 2022.”