Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation

RALEIGH, N.C (AP) — Some North Carolina parents are running out of time to ensure they receive additional money for help during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A new state law directs $335 payments go automatically to 2019 tax filers who reported having at least one child age 16 or under.

Parents or guardians who didn’t make enough money last year to file a return — generally $10,000 or $20,000 — can still get the “Extra Credit Grant.” But they must file or mail an application by Thursday to qualify.

The Department of Revenue also says 70,000 taxpayers who’d otherwise automatically qualify won’t due to a tax software error. These people also have until Thursday to file amended tax returns to address the problem.

The law says the money, that will be disbursed no later than Dec. 15, is designed to assist with virtual schooling and child-care costs during the pandemic. But there’s no prohibition on using it elsewhere.

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