With the passing of Delaware’s House Bill 360 on April 14, 2022, the 2022 Delaware Relief Rebate Program was created. The Bill calls for a “relief rebate”, which will entail a one-time payment totaling $300 to those Delaware residents who qualify. The rebate’s intent is to provide a bit of relief in the face of rising prices for gas and other necessities.
Who qualifies for the Rebate Program?
Any current Delaware residents who have already filed a Delaware resident personal income tax return for tax year 2020 will qualify. The payment will be made to each individual taxpayer, including those who file jointly. Children and other dependents who filed a 2020 Delaware resident personal income tax return will also receive the $300. No further action will be required to receive the rebate.
If you have not filed your 2020 return, the State is working on a pathway to allow adult Delaware residents to still receive the $300 relief payment. Filing a 2020 tax return immediately will not impact the relief payment delay. Only those taxpayers who filed timely will be in the first round of relief payments.
When will the Rebate be sent?
Currently, it is anticipated that the rebates will be issued to qualifying taxpayers by the end of May 2022. The payment will be delivered via USPS to the most recent address on file. The State of Delaware’s website will be updated as checks are issued at this address: https://finance.delaware.gov/2022-delaware-relief-rebate-program/ If you do not receive your check within 3 weeks of the posted issuance date you may contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 302-577-8200, option 1. This website also has many answers to frequently asked questions and will be updated as future decisions are made by the General Assembly.
What else should I know?
While the 2022 Delaware Relief Rebate is not subject to State of Delaware income tax, it may have an impact on 2022 Federal income tax. The rebate will not be used to pay any outstanding debts to the government or government agencies.