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Parents: Check your mail for a $335 check from the state 

As part of North Carolina’s CARES Act funding distributions, families in North Carolina have started receiving a one-time check for $335. 

The N.C. legislature passed the Extra Benefits relief plan in early September, with Republican leaders saying it would help families defray some of the costs of remote learning.

NCDOR will award a grant to eligible individuals who report at least one qualifying child (age 16 or younger) on their 2019 state individual income tax return; spouses who file a joint state return count as one individual. Eligible individuals who have filed their state return and reported at least one qualifying child did not need to take any action to receive the grant. 

Under program guidelines, the checks automatically will be sent to more than 1 million of the state’s middle- and upper-income families, with household incomes as high as half a million dollars annually. The state hopes to disperse the $440 million by Dec. 15. Checks will be sent directly to families.

But low-income families — annual incomes of between $10,000 and $20,000 — who did not file a 2019 state tax return had to apply by Oct. 15 to receive a check. If you did not file taxes in 2019 and if you did not fill out the application by October 15. While not announced by the NCDOR yet, it is possible that a court ruling last week will be reopening the grant application process for low-income families who may have missed the deadline this Fall. 

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