Questions for Montana Workers and Families

What resources are available for Montana workers?

The Coronavirus Economic Recovery package provides prompt economic assistance and protections for our workers trying to make ends meet, put food on the table and keep the lights on.

Direct Check:

  • This comes in the form of a one-time direct check of $1,200 per individual ($2,400 per couple) and $500 per child. These amounts are not reduced for lower income Montanans but are reduced for higher income earners, starting at $75,000 for individuals, $112,500 for head of household, and $150,000 for married couples.  
  • The direct checks will NOT be subject to taxes.
  • To learn how much you or your family will be qualified to receive, click HERE.     '
  • *New as of 04/29/2020* For more information on how to get your check, click HERE
  • *New as of 4/29/2020* Economic Impact Payment FAQs, click HERE
  • *New as of 4/29/2020* Get My Payment FAQs, click HERE

Information for Those Who Have Not Filed A Tax Return: 

  • Eligible U.S. citizens or permanent residents who:
    • Had gross income that did not exceed $12,200 ($24,400 for married couples) for 2019
    • Were not otherwise required to file a federal income tax return for 2019, and didn't plan to
  • You can provide the necessary information to the IRS easily and quickly for no fee through Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info.
  • The IRS will use this information to determine your eligibility and payment amount and send you a direct check. After providing this information you won’t need to take any additional action. 
  • For the Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info link, click HERE

Information for Veterans: 

  • On Tuesday April 14th, 2020 the U.S. Department of the Treasury released that they have partnered with the VA to ensure Veterans and their beneficiaries receive their stimulus checks automatically and without additional paperwork.

Unemployment Provisions:

  • Visit Montanaworks.gov to apply for unemployment insurance.
  • Montanans who qualify for unemployment will receive an additional $600 per week on top of what the state normally pays in unemployment and provides an additional 13 weeks of benefits. And provisions will ensure state and local governments and non-profits can pay unemployment to their employees.
  • Self-employed and independent contractors can receive unemployment.
  • Most of the unemployment provisions go through the end of 2020, in recognition of the temporary nature of this challenge.   

The U.S. Department of Labor put together a comprehesive list of questions and answers for workers and employers including questions on paid and family leave. To see the full list, click HERE.