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If you’re still waiting for a paper check for your California stimulus payment, you’re in luck: a huge amount of them are on their way.
At least 750,000 California incentive checks will be mailed starting Monday, according to SFGATE, a local publication in San Francisco. The majority of the remaining 3.3 million additional payments will be made by the end of this year, with some payments early next year.
The Golden State Stimulus program was created to help Californians who are still struggling during the pandemic. It expanded aid to immigrants left out in previous federal stimulus rounds.
Here’s everything you need to know, including who is eligible and how to receive the one-time payments.
Details on the California Stimulus Check
The Golden Gate Stimulus, a $3.8 billion deal passed in February, provides Californians with the new stimulus checks. It includes one-time stimulus checks for eligible individuals.
California will make a total of 5.7 million payments, with two out of three Californians eligible. Eligible taxpayers (earning between $30,000 and $75,000) in the state receive one-time payments of $600. Eligible individuals with Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) — mostly immigrants and undocumented workers — receive an additional $600, and taxpayers with dependents get an additional $500.
Extending the criteria to include individuals who submitted an ITIN was a strategic move by the Newsom administration, including immigrants and undocumented migrants who had been barred from previous federal stimulus payment rounds.
How can California afford these stimulus checks?
It’s simple why California can afford to issue more stimulus checks compared to other states: It has seen an increase in state revenue thanks to the progressive tax rate.
According to Cal Matters, a nonprofit publisher dedicated to explaining how California’s capital works, California’s progressive income tax (when tax rates rise with income) has contributed $10.3 billion in additional revenue than forecast in January.
During the pandemic, the state’s wealthiest individuals were not hit as hard by the pandemic as others. In addition, many of those individuals are in the technology sector, which posted high profits during the pandemic; total capital gains in California reached nearly $174 billion in 2020.
California stimulus control FAQ
Who gets a California stimulus check?
California will make a total of 5.7 million payments, with two out of three Californians eligible.
There are two types of Golden Gate Stimulus checks: GSS I and GSS II. Here are the eligibility requirements for both:
- Individuals receiving the California Earned Income Tax (CalEITC), which applies to employed individuals with one or more dependents earning at least $30,000 per year
- OR individuals earn less than $75,000 per year and file taxes with an ITIN.
- Eligible persons must have resided in California for more than half of the 2020 tax year, be a California resident when the stimulus check is issued, and cannot be claimed as dependent on another person’s taxes
- For individuals with wages of $75,000 or less
- Have Adjusted Gross Income (CA AGI) in California from $1 to $75,000
- Eligible individuals must have resided in California for more than half of the 2020 tax year, be a California resident on the date payment is issued, and not be claimed as a dependent by another taxpayer.
How much does the California stimulus check cost?
If you qualify for a California stimulus check, you can receive between $600 and $1,100. Use the “Treasure my GSS IItool to calculate your stimulus amount.
When will I get my California stimulus check?
According to the California State Franchise Tax Board, payments started in September and the final payments will be sent the week of October 31. Please refer to this page for updates.
How do I request a California stimulus check?
Unfortunately, it is too late for most to apply: eligible persons were required to submit their 2020 tax returns by Friday, October 15 to receive their payment.
Individuals who applied for their Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) before October 15, but have not yet received it, have until February 15, 2022 to file their return and are still eligible for the California stimulus check.
If you had a change in income this year and did not apply for the CalEITC, but believe you are now eligible, you must download, print and complete the California Earned Income Tax Credit Form (FTB 3514) and submit to the Franchise Send tax board. to be eligible for GSS 1. Read here for more information.
How can immigrants apply for a California stimulus check?
Immigrants do not need to take any additional action to apply for California’s new stimulus check. However, they must have an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to qualify – it cannot be pending. Those who are still waiting for their ITIN after the October 15 submission deadline will have until February 15, 2022 to submit their check and be eligible for their check. Immigrants will also need to meet the other eligibility requirements listed above.