Dear Friend,

I know there are great concerns about the economic impacts the coronavirus will have on working families and New Mexicans. Providing both health care and economic relief to New Mexicans is at the cornerstone of what I’m advocating for in Congress, and I wanted to share with you some information about some of the resources available. 

The third coronavirus response package was passed by Congress and signed into law on Friday, March 27. From the beginning negotiations to its passage, I helped strengthen this legislation to be worker-focused and include key provisions that will help New Mexico face this crisis. One of the most impactful provisions included in the bill is the direct payments that many Americans will receive. 

There has been much discussion about these relief payments, so I wanted to take a moment to provide additional information. 

As always, my team and I are continuing to work on behalf of New Mexicans. If you need assistance with federal agencies or in response to COVID-19, please contact one of my offices. 

To stay informed during this public health crisis, subscribe to my newsletter for periodic updates. 

Who is eligible to receive these economic impact payments?
  • Single filers with an income up to $75,000 and married couples filing joint returns up to $150,000 will receive the full payment of $1,200 per adult and $500 per child.
  • If your income is above these amounts, the economic impact payment will be reduced by $5 for each $100 above the $75,000/$150,000 thresholds.
  • Single filers with income exceeding $99,000 and $198,000 for joint filers with no children are not eligible.

How will I receive the economic impact payment?

The payment will be directly deposited into the bank account associated with your 2018 or 2019 tax return. 

If you are not required to file a tax return, or if the IRS does not have your direct deposit information, the Treasury Department will have a web-based portal where you can provide your banking information.

What if I am not required to file a tax return?

You are still eligible and will still receive payment. After Congress pushed the administration to change its policy, now Social Security beneficiaries who typically do not file a tax return will get the $1,200 payment automatically and do not need to submit additional paperwork. 

Low-income taxpayers, senior citizens, some veterans and individuals with disabilities and other individuals who are otherwise not required to file a tax return, will need to fill out this form here

What if I am required to file a tax return, but have not?

You are still eligible and will still receive payment. 

If you didn’t file for 2018 or 2019, you still can receive a payment, but you should file your return as soon as you can. While the payment can be distributed anytime in 2020, the quicker the IRS has your information, the faster your relief payment will be available to you.

When will I receive the economic impact payment?

These payments will begin distributing in the next three weeks. However, if you are required to take additional steps because you have not filed a tax return, it may be longer until you receive the payment. I encourage you to review your information with the IRS so you can receive these payments in a timely manner.

Need more information?

The IRS has set up several online resources with information on filing tax returns and the economic impact payments:
More must be done to help our communities, and I will continue working to get New Mexico the relief we need. We are all facing this crisis, and we will overcome it together. 

I know there will be many questions during this period, and you have my commitment that I will keep you informed about the actions Congress is taking to support New Mexicans. Additionally, you will find a list of helpful resources to help New Mexicans get through this challenging moment below. 

My team and I will continue monitoring this situation closely. If you would like to receive updates on coronavirus and other issues, current legislation, or ways my office can be helpful to you, please follow me on Facebook and Twitter, or visit my website at lujan.house.gov. To stay informed, you can also subscribe to my newsletter for critical updates on coronavirus. 

Sincerely,

Ben Ray Luján

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Additional Resources

For information on how to prevent the spread of illness, including resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in multiple languages, visit my website

For the latest updates from the New Mexico Department of Health, click here.

For the latest updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, click here

New Mexico Coronavirus Hotlines
  • 1-855-600-3453 (Health Hotline - for those who feel ill or have questions about their health)
  • 1-833-551-0518 (General Information Hotline - for those who have non-health questions about resources and the community)
  • 1-866-699-4627 (Hotline for Seniors Citizens - for eligible senior citizens who need assistance with meal or grocery delivery)
  • 1-928-871-6868 (Hotline for Seniors Living on the Navajo Nation)

New Mexico Coronavirus Resource Site

Resources for Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus

Resources for Workers Impacted by Coronavirus

Meal Sites for Children

Ways You Can Help

 

 

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