In September, the North Carolina Governor signed into law a bill to give a one-time payment of $335 to families with at least one qualifying child who was age 16 years or younger in 2019. Some families need to apply for the program, but many will receive it automatically if they filed their 2019 state income taxes. Look below to see which actions you may need to take to receive this money.
The deadline to take action is October 15, 2020.
1. If you filed your 2019 state income taxes, you do not need to do anything unless
- Your direct deposit information changed
- You do not receive direct deposit for your taxes AND your address has changed since you filed
If you file using an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) instead of a Social Security Number (SSN), you will still receive the grant money.
2. If you did not need to file taxes in 2019 because your income is too low, you must fill out the application by October 15. Go to ncdor.gov/extracredit and click “Application for Grant Award.”
Generally, this will apply if your income is below $10,000 per year if single and $20,000 per year if married. For more information, see individual state filing requirements.
If you have an ITIN, you can use it on the application on the “SSN” field. Note that your qualifying child must have a SSN.
3. If you are required to file taxes and didn’t file yet for 2019, you must file by Oct. 15.
Generally, you must file state income taxes if your gross (pre-tax) income is larger than $10,000 per year if single and $20,000 per year if married. For more information, see individual state filing requirements.
North Carolina tax filing options:
- Call 211 for free resources in your area.
You should know
If you are an immigrant who might want to apply for lawful status in the future, receiving this “Extra Credit” grant will not affect your future immigration application. It is not one of the types of benefits which might be considered negatively in the immigration process.