Governor Dan McKee recently announced a new relief program aimed at providing some financial relief to Rhode Island families during these hard economic times. The 2022 Child Tax Rebates are a part of the State’s FY23 budget that was signed by the Governor in June, with the intention of building on the State’s economy and helping families who are in need. The new rebate payment will be $250 per qualifying child, up to a maximum of three children (max rebate of $750), that will be issued to eligible taxpayers as early as October 2022 based upon when the taxpayer(s) filed their 2021 RI Personal Income Tax return.

To qualify for this rebate, a 2021 Rhode Island Personal Income Tax return must have been filed on or before October 17, 2022, with an AGI limitation of $100,000 or less for taxpayers with a filing status of Single, Married Filing Separately, Head of Household, or Qualifying Widow/Widower, and an AGI limitation of $200,000 or less for those whose filing status was Married Filing Jointly. A qualifying child dependent must have been eighteen years of age or under as of December 31, 2021 to qualify for the rebate. Along with the above requirements, a taxpayer must be “domiciled” in the state of Rhode Island as per their 2021 RI-1040 or RI-1040NR to be eligible.

The 2022 Child Tax Rebate will be an automatic roll-out with no need to apply if a 2021 RI Personal Income Return has been filed for the year. If you filed by August 31, 2022, your rebate can be expected to be issued starting in October of 2022. Those on extension who file by October 17, 2022 will have their rebates issued starting in December 2022. The rebate will be mailed to your mailing address based upon your Rhode Island Personal Income return, with no direct deposit options available for these rebates. To check the status of your Child Tax Rebate, please use the website and enter your Social Security Number (SSN), your Federal Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) from Line 1, and your Filing Status. The rebate is expected to support close to 115,000 Rhode Island families across the state in the coming months.

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