DEAR SUN SPOTS: I understand Gov. Mills is considering mailing out another stimulus check to individuals to help this year. I read that the check is for “taxpayers.” Many people do not file taxes, including seniors so they would not get a check. Has anyone thought about this? Seniors and those who do not file might be the ones who really need that check. Thanks for finding an answer for this. We appreciate all you do for us. I, for one, read your column first when I get the newspaper. — No name, no town
ANSWER: Keep your eyes and ears on the news and when a decision is made, I’m sure the Sun Journal and other news outlets will give us the information we need.
On March 6, there was an article on the website entrepreneur.com (https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/421531) that states that checks to 800,000 Mainers will start to go out in July if the Legislature approves Mills’ supplemental budget proposal. If approved, it would offer “tax relief to working Maine families and seniors.”
In an earlier report March 1 published in the Bangor Daily News, it said that under Gov. Mills’ plan, you would get a relief check “if you file a 2021 income tax return by the end of October 2022 with an income of less than $75,000 if single or filing separately from your partner, $112,500 if filing as the head of a household or $150,000 if filing jointly.”
I interpret this to mean that you could go ahead and file a tax return if you’re concerned about getting this check.
DEAR SUN SPOTS: I just want to make people aware that I received a call last week from someone saying they were from Amazon. They stated I had purchased over $1,000 of items and they needed information to cover it. Beware as this is a scam. They are phishing, which means they could be trying to steal your identity by asking for your personal information and passwords. Please be aware. There are other people who have gotten similar calls, especially seniors. — No name, no town
ANSWER: Never give personal information such as bank account numbers and passwords over the phone or through an email. I don’t care who the caller says they are. I hadn’t heard of people getting phone calls from Amazon asking for this information but I have seen hundreds of scam emails that say they are from Amazon and aren’t. You can report bogus emails to the company. Go to this website to get instructions on what to do it: https://tinyurl.com/mpdnwyx5
For any scam phone call, you can report it here: https://reportfraud.ftc.gov/#/
Never hesitate to check your Amazon account online and to call customer service if you have questions. The number is 1-888-280-4331. You can leave a message and you will get a call back. I have contacted them several times over the years and they do a good job. It’s better though if you can report your issue online.
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