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Senate reveals bill to tweak Relief Act that will help give payments to more Marylanders

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Posted at 5:11 PM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 17:33:29-05

ANNAPOLIS — Relief act payments could be coming to even more Marylanders.

On Wednesday, State Senate leaders revealed a bill that would tweak the law to allow those with individual taxpayer ID numbers, to be eligible for payments and tax credits.

You currently need a social security number to be eligible.

The expansion would allow those without one, including undocumented immigrants who pay taxes, to get some help in their economic rebound.

Their package of bills also includes the Maryland Child Tax Credit Act.

That would establish a tax credit for a dependent child and expand the earned income tax credit to include all taxpayers.

"What we know is that the pandemic has had a very disparate impact. It has not treated all Marylanders the same way. There have been those who have had gaps that existed prior to this pandemic simply exacerbated and we know that our neighbors have felt these impacts of this pandemic differently. The package of bills that we have today that senators have described are all geared towards assessing those who have been impacted the most and making sure that they have the resources to be able to recover successfully."

The Maryland Child Tax Credit Act second reading was passed with amendments.

It would apply to taxable years between 2021 and 2026.