California To Send Golden State Stimulus Payments This Week

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California residents looking for another Golden State Stimulus payment won’t have to wait long: The second round of payments will be issued at least by the end of the week.

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As with the first round of payments, the second round will be issued in two-week increments, SFGate reported Tuesday, citing comments from a representative of the California Tax Franchise Board.

Checks will come via direct deposit or paper check — whichever was chosen on the latest tax return.

If you want to know how much you’ll get, the Tax Franchise Board website has a tool you can use to help to determine the amount. The Board also said that most Californians who qualify don’t need to do anything to receive the stimulus payment other than file their 2020 tax returns. Anyone who filed a return after Aug. 20 will have to wait for their stimulus payment as there is a 45-day waiting period in effect, according to ABC News.

Here are some likely payment scenarios, as outlined by SFGate:

  • If you qualified for the first Golden State Stimulus payment and claimed a credit of one or more dependents, you’ll typically receive $500.
  • If you didn’t qualify for that stimulus payment and didn’t claim a credit of one or more dependents, you’ll receive $600.
  • If you did not qualify for that stimulus and claimed one or more dependents, you could receive $1,100.
  • If you qualified for the stimulus and didn’t claim a credit for one or more dependents, you don’t qualify for the second stimulus payment.

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The stimulus payments are part of a bill signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom in July that includes $12 billion in relief for families hit hardest by the pandemic. The program was financed through federal recovery funds and California’s budget surplus. Roughly two-thirds of California residents will be eligible for the $600 payments, Newsom said. Those with children will get an additional $500.

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In addition to the rebates, the plan will include funds to help low-income Californians pay rent, GOBankingRates reported in May. As noted then, the Golden State’s $75 billion budget surplus put it in a good position to allocate money for COVID-19 relief — a luxury many states don’t have.

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Vance Cariaga is a London-based writer, editor and journalist who previously held staff positions at Investor’s Business Daily, The Charlotte Business Journal and The Charlotte Observer. His work also appeared in Charlotte Magazine, Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal and Business North Carolina magazine. He holds a B.A. in English from Appalachian State University and studied journalism at the University of South Carolina. His reporting earned awards from the North Carolina Press Association, the Green Eyeshade Awards and AlterNet. In addition to journalism, he has worked in banking, accounting and restaurant management. A native of North Carolina who also writes fiction, Vance’s short story, “Saint Christopher,” placed second in the 2019 Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition. Two of his short stories appear in With One Eye on the Cows, an anthology published by Ad Hoc Fiction in 2019. His debut novel, Voodoo Hideaway, was published in 2021 by Atmosphere Press.

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