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A one-time cash infusion is coming soon to low-income Oregonians

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Oregon households that received the Earned Income Tax Credit in 2020 and lived in Oregon the last six months of 2020 qualify for and should receive a $600 assistance payment.

The Oregon Department of Revenue will soon begin distributing $600 checks to qualifying households. The money is a One-Time Assistance Payment aimed to support low-income Oregonians and help those facing a hardship due to COVID-19.

To qualify, households must have received the Earned Income Tax Credit on their 2020 tax filing and lived in Oregon the last six months of 2020. Over 236,000 Oregonians will soon receive the cash infusion. Payments should arrive through direct deposit or by check in the mail, on or before July 1.

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House Bill 4157 (2022) directs DOR to make the payments by July 31, 2022. All direct deposits will be made and checks will be mailed by July 1, 2022.

House Bill 4157 directs the Oregon Department of Revenue to address negative economic impacts of the pandemic with one-time financial assistance to low-income households.

The payments across the state are expected to amount to nearly $142 million, paid from federal pandemic aid.

Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked in a variety of media including television and daily print news. For KLCC, Tiffany reports on health care, social justice and local/regional news. She has won awards from Oregon Associated Press, PRNDI, and Education Writers Association.