In the face of widespread inflation that has strained household budgets across the country and left Americans struggling with food, gas, and housing expenses, eight states are getting ready to implement direct payments to assist residents.

The Commerce Department's last week's announcement of a second consecutive quarter of economic contraction-what many analysts consider to be the straightforward definition of a "recession"-has caused relief to spread throughout this month, despite opposition from President Joe Biden's administration and some economists who prefer to wait for the National Bureau of Economic Research to make the official declaration.

View the list of states and residents that qualify for the August payment.


Since May, Delaware has started sending one-time $300 relief cheques to every adult resident who has submitted their 2021 tax return, and it will keep doing so throughout the summer. Joint filers will each be compensated once. For the payment to be received, no more action is necessary. Here, residents can check the status of their rebates.


Financial assistance is available from the Florida Department of Children and Families for households that qualify for Temporary Cash Assistance (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), Relative/Non-Relative Caregiver Funds, and Adoption and/or Foster Care. Families that qualify for the benefit do not need to apply because the payments are already being mailed out automatically.


Since May, Georgia has started issuing one-time reimbursements in the amounts of $250 for single filers, $500 for joint filers, and $375 for head-of-household filers to taxpayers who filed their state returns for 2020 and 2021. The refund will depend on how the 2020 tax return is filed.

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Recently, Hawaii Governor David Ige signed a tax refund bill into law that would provide $300 checks to citizens with incomes under $100,000 (or $200,000 for joint filers), with additional payments for dependents. For those who made above $100,000 (or $200,000 for joint filers), a one-time $100 relief check will be given.


The estimated $1.83 billion relief program, known as the Illinois Family Relief Plan, was in effect on July 1. The distribution of these payments is automatic.


Since May, Indiana has distributed $125 payments to all taxpayers, regardless of household income.


In Minnesota, frontline employees are entitled to a $750 lump sum payment. Payments started to be made late last month, but applications had to be submitted by July 22.

New Mexico

Taxpayers who qualify already received the first $500 of their reimbursement in June; the second payment is anticipated in August.