Starting in early March, thousands of essential workers in Connecticut will receive paper checks ranging from $200 to $1,000 through the Premium Pay program. Originally, the program was given $30 million, but it later received an additional $75 million after an influx of applications.
$1,000 Paper Checks in Connecticut
Under the original plan, workers making less than $100,000 annually were able to receive $1,000 checks, while those making between $100,000 and $149,999 were set to receive lesser amounts, according to a published article in The U.S. Sun.
However, the state made modifications to the payments, and now only full-time workers making less than $50,000 qualify for the full $1,000, while those making between $50,000 and $150,000 qualify for between $100 and $800. To be eligible, workers must have applied by October 1, 2022.
Nearly 120,000 workers who opted for direct deposit received their funds on or around February 1, while roughly 35,000 paper checks will start rolling out five to six weeks after direct deposit recipients, which means they should arrive between March 1 and March 11. Each week about 20,000 payments will go out.
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Eligibility for the $1,000 Paper Checks
To be eligible for the Premium Pay program, workers must have worked as essential workers in Connecticut between March 10, 2020, and May 7, 2022, and must have worked in the private sector, which means employees working for a federal, state, or municipal government agency do not qualify.
In a published article in Mundo Now, to check eligibility, workers can review the job listings categorized by the CDC as 1A or 1B, and their income cannot exceed $149,999. Payments will be decided based on income.
Full-time essential workers who made less than $100,000 annually are eligible for payments up to $1,000. Bonuses range from $200 to $800 depending on income range. Workers who made between $50,000 and $60,000 can expect $800, while workers who made between $60,000 and $70,000 can expect $750.
Workers who made between $70,000 and $80,000 can expect $500, while workers who made between $80,000 and $90,000 can expect $250. Workers who made between $90,000 and $100,000 can expect $200.
To receive a check of up to $1,000, workers must claim their payment before the deadline in three days. In other news, the IRS shared a major warning for taxpayers regarding their returns.
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