AUGUSTA – Maine Revenue Services today announced that the deadline for filing Maine personal income tax returns for 2021 is Tuesday, April 19, 2022. The Mills administration is urging low- and middle-income people in Maine to review their eligibility for enhanced tax relief this year, which could increase state-issued refund checks by up to $1,400.

“Governor Mills and the Legislature have provided more than $371 million in relief to the people of Maine over the past two years. In keeping with this commitment, we have extended the Earned Income Tax Credit, Sales Tax Fairness Credit, and Property Tax Fairness Credit to low- and middle-income people in Maine, many of whom will benefit even if they do not have to pay tax to compensate.

“We urge all Maine residents to consider whether they may qualify for more money through these enhanced tax benefits,” said Kirsten Figueroa, commissioner of the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, of which Maine Revenue Services is a member. division. . “All Mainers, including those who would not ordinarily file personal income tax, would need to file a return in order to qualify for this and other relief – including the proposed restitution payments, which, if they are approved by the Legislature, would issue a $500 relief check to more than 800,000 Maine filers beginning July 1 of this year.The administration is committed to providing relief to Maine residents, especially as they grapple with the continued rise in costs driven by inflation.

“We remain committed to prompt and accurate processing — and prompt issuance of refund payments,” said Jerome Gerard, executive director of Maine Revenue Services, a division of the Department of Administrative and Financial Services.

Governor Mills has enacted three tax relief measures for the 2021 tax year specifically to support low- and middle-income families in Maine. Maine seniors or working families with an income of less than $68,000, as well as Maine resident landlords and renters who pay more than 4% of their household budget in property taxes or equivalent rent, can be eligible for up to $1,400 through Earned Income Tax. credit, sales tax equity credit and/or property tax equity credit. These tax credits can be claimed on 2021 personal income tax returns by those who meet the eligibility criteria, and are applied dollar-for-dollar to any tax liability, with the remainder issued as part of a check. repayment.

Additionally, Governor Mills submitted a proposal to the Legislature last week that, if passed, would include using half of the state’s current budget surplus – $411 million – to issue $500 “yield” payments to approximately 800,000 Maine taxpayers, to help them deal with pandemic-induced inflation. Eligibility for these $500 rebate payments would be based on the 2021 individual tax return.

Maine taxpayers are urged to review their eligibility for tax relief and file state tax returns as soon as they have received all necessary documents from employers and other entities, and file them by electronic way. Paper forms are also available.

The Maine Personal Income Tax filing deadline of April 19, 2022 is consistent with the IRS filing deadline for federal income tax returns for Maine residents, impacted by the Maine holiday. emancipation in the District of Columbia, which affects all filers, and the Patriots. Holiday, which impacts filers in Maine and Massachusetts. Taxpayers requesting an extension will have until Monday, October 17, 2022 to submit their file. Under Governor Mills’ proposal, taxpayers must file their 2021 personal income tax returns by Monday, October 31, 2022 and meet other criteria to be eligible for the proposed $500 refund payment.

Maine taxpayers can call 2-1-1 or visit 211maine.org for assistance in identifying free tax preparation resources available throughout Maine.

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