$200M heading to New Mexico taxpayers, starting this week

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced on Wednesday that $200 million in household relief is on its way to over 550,000 New Mexico taxpayers.

Taxpayers who receive funds through direct deposit are scheduled to receive at least $250 in relief in the next day. Paper checks for another 200,000 taxpayers will begin going out in the following days and will continue to over the next few weeks.  

“Starting today and throughout the summer, we are putting nearly half a billion dollars back into the pockets of New Mexicans,” Lujan Grisham said. “Across the country, Americans are grappling with the high costs of essentials. Here in New Mexico, we are doing all we can to provide relief to New Mexico’s families.”

The rebates were approved in a special legislative session this spring.

“Taxation and Revenue employees are working as quickly as possible to get this much-needed cash back to taxpayers,” Taxation and Revenue Secretary Stephanie Schardin Clarke said.

Taxpayers who file individual returns will receive another $250 rebate in August in addition to the funds disbursed this week. Those who file joint returns with a spouse or as heads of household will receive $500 rebates beginning this week and another $500 in August.

$20 million to New Mexicans who do not file state income taxes

The same legislation that authorized the rebates also set aside $20 million for economic relief payments to New Mexicans who do not file state income taxes because of their income levels. Only non-filers may apply for the one-time relief payments of either $500 or $1,000 depending on family size. Applications are open at the Human Services Department’s website until May 31, 2022, or as long as funding allows.

Options for New Mexicans displaced by wildfires

New Mexicans displaced by wildfires who are unable to receive their mail have multiple options for receiving physical checks.

Currently, mail is being sent to the Las Vegas Post Office for Chacon, Guadalupita and Rociada residents. Residents from these areas may either pick up their mail in person at the Las Vegas Post Office, call 1-800-ASK-USPS to have their mail forwarded to a different address, or call the post office in Las Vegas at 505-425-9387 and request to have their mail delivered once a week to the Taos Post Office if they are temporarily staying in the Taos area.

Residents living in any other evacuated area should contact their local post office to receive their mail.

The Mora Post Office has now open reopened – Mora residents should contact the post office directly.