California has approved the Golden State Stimulus: a one-time $600 or $1,200 payment to qualified individuals and families.
The Golden State Stimulus was recently implemented to help low-income families and individuals, as well as those experiencing financial hardships, during this COVID-19 pandemic. It is a one-time payment of either $600 or $1200 per tax return.
Those who qualify for the Golden State Stimulus must file their 2020 taxes and either be recipients of the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) or someone with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) who made $75,000 or less. Qualified recipients must have lived in California for more than half of the 2020 tax year, be a California resident when the payment is issued, and not be eligible to be claimed as a dependent.
The amount of California’s stimulus check depends on the earlier two options for your 2020 Tax Return. In a nut shell, $600 will be given to those who receive the CalEITC or joint file with someone who receives the CalEITC. Another $600 will be given to those who file with an ITIN and made $75,000 or less (total CA AGI) or joint file with someone who files with an ITIN and made $75,000 or less (total CA AGI).
Stimulus payments are expected to begin by mid-April 2021 after eligible 2020 tax returns are processed. Nothing further must be done. Checks will be sent through direct deposit or mail based on the refund option you selected on your tax return.