Maine $850 Relief Checks

by Michele Grivois, Community Services Program Manager

Relief checks will be mailed out to most Maine residents starting in June. To be eligible, you must be a full time resident and file a 2021 Maine income tax return by October 31, 2022 (and not be a dependent of another person). If you already filed your taxes, you do not need to do anything.

If you do not usually file a tax return, you will have to file to receive the payment. AARP TaxAide and CA$H Maine are working to provide free ME tax preparation services so people who do not normally file their taxes can file them this year to be eligible for the relief check. People who don't have a filing requirement will not owe any money by filing.


To learn more about CA$H Maine’s efforts, visit or call to schedule an appointment:

  • Cumberland County: 207-347-2335 or
  • York County: 207-324-5762 ext. 2718

AARP Walk in Events

In the Greater Portland area, AARP TaxAide will offer free walk-in service (no appointments) at:

  • Gorham: St. Anne’s Church, mid-May through June, Thursdays 9AM-1PM
  • Portland: Public Library, mid-May through Memorial Day, Saturdays 10AM-2PM
  • South Portland: American Legion Hall, mid-May through June, Mondays 1AM-5PM
  • Westbrook: Community Center, month of June, Saturdays 8:30AM-11:30AM

When visiting one of AARP Walk in events, taxpayers must bring their Social Security card, a picture ID, their Social Security benefits statement (SSA-1099) and all other income-related tax documents for tax year 2021. They should also bring information on rents or property taxes paid during the calendar year 2021.

The Southern Maine Agency on Aging does not recommend or endorse any provider nor can we guarantee the quality of service, appointment availability or eligibility. If you have any questions, please call us at (207) 396-6500 or 1-800-427-7411.