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Golden State Stimulus Check

Can we expect a new Golden State Stimulus in California in 2021 or 2022?

While there has yet to be an announcement for 2022, there are still hundreds of thousands of Californians who are awaiting their checks.

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Can we expect a new Golden State Stimulus in California in 2021 or 2022?
Patrick T. FallonAFP

The second round of the Golden State Stimulus is in full swing, with payments being sent out in batches since September. The checks are available to all Californians who earn under $75,000 a year, unless they received checks in the first Golden State Stimulus at the start of 2021. Even then, if these people have dependents, then they could still be eligible to receive a payment.

Around nine million people became eligible to receive the $600 direct payment after the requirements were expanded in July. More than 1.15 million payments are include in the latest batch, which will cost the state $857 million. This follows the 4.5 million stimulus checks previously distributed by the California Franchise Tax Board (CFTB), at a total cost of $3.2 billion.

How to know if I'm eligible?

  • File your taxes before October 15
  • Have a 2020 California AGI and wages of <$75,000
  • Have been a resident in California for at least 50 percent of the 2020 year
  • Be a resident of California currently
  • Cannot be claimed as a dependant by any other taxpayer

To date, around half of those eligible have received their check. Andrew LePage, spokesman for the CFTB, told an ABC affiliate that over 750,000 checks were mailed on November 1. This follows a previous batch sent on 29 October, which reached more than 400,000 tax filers through direct deposit. The last batch sent consisted of physical checks sent to eligible residents living in zip codes ending 221-375.

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How many payments are left in 2021?

Payments are due to be sent every week until the end of the year, to ensure everyone who has applied for the payments gets them. Most of who has received checks so far has received them in the form of a direct deposit, as the process for mailing is longer and more complicated. The last batch sent consisted of physical checks sent to eligible residents living in zip codes ending 221-375.

Zip Code Distribution Schedule

Last 3 digits of ZIP code

Mailing timeframes

001-065

10/04/2021 through 10/22/2021

066-221

10/18/2021 through 11/05/2021

222-302

11/1/2021 through 11/19/2021

303-543

11/15/2021 through 12/03/2021

544-709

11/29/2021 through 12/17/2021

710-998

12/13/2021 through 12/31/2021

Source: California Tax Franchise Board, 2021

For those who submitted their return and provided direct deposit information after 1 September, a forty-five-day waiting period should be expected. If no direct deposit information was given at the point of filing, a physical check will be mailed, by the CFTB will need between sixty days to review the information and send the check.

What about 2022?

There is yet to be an announcement on what will happen with the Golden State Stimulus in 2022.

People who are eligible in 2021 but applied for a physical check could receive their payment as late as January 2022, due to the time it takes to post such things, but so far these are the only payments announced for 2022.

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