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Cash payments for New Mexico citizens who missed out on federal aid

New Mexico’s Human Services Department will start accepting applications this week for a second round of cash payments to people who were ineligible for federal stimulus funds, including elderly residents claimed as dependents by caretakers.

Payments will be provided to low-income households based on funding availability. The state Legislature appropriated $5 million for the relief effort.

Applications are available on the Yes New Mexico, from Monday 14 June at 9 a.m. and must be submitted by 25 June 2021 at 3 p.m.

The following information will be required on each application: First name, last name; id such as a New Mexico driver’s license number, individual taxpayer identification number or Social security number; Residential address and/or mailing address; and Direct deposit information (US bank account number and routing number)

Payments will be processed by the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department and will be issued by the end of July 2021. Applicants will receive notification about their qualifying status from the Human Services Department.

In order to qualify for the relief, a taxpayer must not have qualified for federal stimulus programs. In addition, they must be a New Mexico resident and have relevant id documentation.

The Associated Press reports that the first round of such funding in December distributed checks to about 15,000 people, excluding around half of those who applied.

“This is an important effort to help people in our community who were overlooked by the federal stimulus programs, and who we know need the extra money to help feed and house their families,” said Angela Medrano, HSD deputy secretary.