GOLDEN STATE STIMULUS CHECK

How many people are receiving second Golden State Stimulus check in California?

The Franchise Tax Board began sending around two thirds of eligible Californians a new round of Golden State Stimulus payments at the end of August.

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How many people are receiving second Golden State Stimulus check in California?
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The California Legislature earlier this summer approved a second round of Golden State Stimulus for the state’s residents earning less than $75,000 annually as part of the California Comeback Plan. Residents could see a payment of between $500 to $1,100 depending on their income, status and whether they have a dependent.

The California Franchise Tax Board began sending a new round of Golden State Stimulus payments 27 August to the first 600,000 recipients, around two thirds of Californians are eligible. Over the coming weeks the agency will send out new batches every two weeks to approximately 9 million Californians who filed a 2020 tax return.

Who will receive a Golden State Stimulus check in the second round?

Residents of the Golden State who can’t be claimed as a dependent by another taxpayer and have between $1 and $75,000 in reported income on their 2020 tax return could see a payment in the second round of Golden State Stimulus or GSS II. Taxpayers must file a 2020 tax return before 15 October in order to receive a Golden State Stimulus check.

Californians who qualify for a $600 payment in the first round of Golden State Stimulus (GSS I) and don’t have any dependents will not get another payment in GSS II. Residents qualify for the GSS I if they earned less than $30,000 or file taxes with an ITIN, a group that was left out of the federal stimulus programs, and earned less than $75,000.

Taxpayers that file using a Social Security Number with dependents and meet the eligibility requirements for the GSS II but earn less than $30,000 will receive an additional $500 in the newest round. Adults with an income between $30,000 and $75,000 will get a $600 payment and those with dependents $1,100.

Through the GSS II, taxpayers who file with an ITIN, claimed a dependent, qualified for the GSS I and qualify for the GSS II will get a $1,000 payment. In all cases, married couples filing separately will split the amounts of the tax rebate evenly between the two.

When will the payments arrive?

The stimulus payments will be sent to Californians via direct deposit or paper check, whichever was chosen on their 2020 tax return. Not all payments will come right away as approximately 9 million payments need to be made according to the California Franchise Tax Board. The state tax agency told ABC10 most stimulus payments that are sent via direct deposit “will be issued between September 1, 2021 and October 15, 2021.”

Taxpayers who filed after August 20, 2021 and receive their tax refund via direct deposit, should allow up to 45 days for 2020 tax returns to be processed, but some returns may take longer to process delaying payment.

Those who filed their taxes after the state began sending tax refunds and chose to receive a paper check may have an even longer wait. The California Tax Franchise Board schedules when it sends tax refunds via paper check based on the last three digits of a filer’s ZIP code on the tax return. Tax returns that are processed after the scheduled ZIP code payment will have to wait at least 60 days to receive their Golden State Stimulus check.

Taxpayers who haven’t yet filed a 2020 tax return must do so by 15 October, 2021 in order to receive the Golden State Stimulus.

How to get more information about your Golden State Stimulus

Taxpayers who want to find out how much they can expect can check the Golden State Stimulus calculator provided by the California Tax Franchise Board. Taxpayers can also call the state tax authority by phone to consult information regarding their tax refund or use the agency’s MyFTB online chat service. Both are available Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 17:00 Pacific time. For additional contact information click here.