US Treasury approves $85 million third stimulus payment for the CNMI

Distribution of checks to begin Monday, April 12, 2021

Governor Ralph DLG. Torres announced on Saturday that the US Department of the Treasury has finally approved the CNMI’s Third Economic Impact Payment (stimulus) implementation plan, setting the stage for disbursement of stimulus checks on Monday, April 12, 2021.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) under the US Treasury approved early Saturday morning $85 million for the CNMI. Initial funding has just been received by the Department of Finance.

“Lt. Governor Palacios and I are thankful that the US Treasury has approved our plan early this morning. Our Department of Finance has just been notified by the IRS that the initial funding has been received, and because we have already prepared our systems, we will be pushing out the first batch of paper checks and direct deposits on Monday,” said Governor Torres. “We appreciate the community’s patience as we continue to expeditiously process this latest round of stimulus payments. Relief is on the way, and we are more than ready to push it out immediately beginning Monday.”

“With the approval of the plan by the Treasury and IRS, our Finance team, especially our Division of Revenue and Taxation (DRT), will be working through the weekend to ensure our systems are good to go for Monday and that information is verified for our community. First batches of checks will be distributed on Monday, and we thank everyone for their patience,” said Secretary of Finance David DLG. Atalig.

DRT encourages taxpayers to continue registering for direct deposit on the CNMI Stimulus Portal to ensure payments are received as quickly as possible. Approximately 30% of filers have registered for direct deposit to date. 

DRT will process the first batch of stimulus payments based on 2019 income tax returns. Additional batches will then be issued based on 2020 income tax returns that are submitted and processed by August 15, 202190 days after the filing deadline of May 17, 2021. If you do not receive your maximum third round payment in 2021, you may be eligible to claim the 2021 Recovery Rebate Credit when you file your 2021 income tax return in 2022.           

For more general information on eligibility and calculation of your third stimulus payment, visit https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments. Please continue to follow updates from the Department of Finance and the Office of the Governor for the latest information.

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Quarantine protocols eased for those traveling to the CNMI and are fully vaccinated; new CDC guidance shows more fully vaccinated individuals in the CNMI will lead to an easing of COVID-19 restrictions

The Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC) and the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force announces new quarantine protocols: Effective May 17, 2021, fully vaccinated travelers coming in from Level 1 jurisdictions on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Travel Health Notice list do not have to quarantine in any form, after providing verifiable vaccination documentation from their respective health department or health provider and after their lodging or household passes assessment. If household assessment failed, travelers will be given the option to self-monitor at home. Travelers from Level 1 jurisdictions also do not have to test upon arrival but will be tested on the fifth day after arrival.

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