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Golden State Stimulus

Will be there a new Golden State Stimulus check in California in November?

Two rounds of the checks have been sent in 2021 with weekly payments proceeding until Christmas but the likelihood of a whole new round is low.

California prepares final inflation relief payments
Patrick T. FallonAFP

California is one of the few states that have started their own true stimulus checks. Now on their second edition, Golden State Stimulus II, residents can receive a $600 payment if they are making less than $75,000 a year. In February, the governor signed a law that allowed for the sending of $600 checks to low-income individuals and non-citizens who were unable to receive federal stimulus checks.

This is much greater than the $30,000 eligibility limit for the first round of checks. You must also be a tax resident in California for more than half of the 2020 tax year.

More than 9 million people are estimated to qualify for the second stimulus. Governor Newsom is hailing it as "the biggest state tax rebate in American history."

There has been no announcement on a prospective third round of Golden State Stimulus checks, but the second round, that was sent out at the start of August, is still in the process of delivering checks to people who are eligible. More than 1.2 million were sent out on October 15, taking the total sent to greater than 4 million.

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Hundreds of dollars for those who are eligible

Qualifying residents will typically receive an extra $600 or $500 depending on income and how many dependents they claim.

Residents who claim at least one dependent will receive an additional $500, meaning they will receive a total of $1,100.

Only 650,000 could receive the first check, but they are not eligible to receive the second. Those who received the first can only access the second if they noted their dependents on their tax return. They can receive $500 per dependent, up to a maximum of $1,000.

How to receive the check

October 6 was the first day that mail checks were sent, with the first ones arriving based on your California zip code. This will continue until the end of 2021. Expect at least a two-week wait for the checks to arrive in the post.

Physical Check Schedule

Last 3 digits of ZIP code

Mailing timeframes


10/04/2021 through 10/22/2021


10/18/2021 through 11/05/2021


11/1/2021 through 11/19/2021


11/15/2021 through 12/03/2021


11/29/2021 through 12/17/2021


12/13/2021 through 12/31/2021

Source: California Tax Franchise Board, 2021

If you are thinking of applying for the check now, then you are out of luck. The deadline for filing your 2020 tax return in time has passed, it needed to be handed in by October 15.


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