The State of California this week began giving away 803,000 Golden State Stimulus payments worth approximately $ 563 million.
According to Andrew LePage, a media spokesperson for the State’s Franchising Administration, the breakdown of the latest $ 600-1100 payment distribution amounts to 800,000 paper checks mailed to eligible residents and 3,000 direct deposits.
Golden State Stimulus II has been making these pandemic relief payments since early September and will continue to do so until all eligible taxpayers receive their checks. Recipients with eligible dependents will receive an additional $ 500.
The GSII program, funded by federal and state pandemic assistance, is for those who earned less than $ 75,000 in adjusted gross income on their 2020 tax returns. A similar program, Golden State Stimulus I, was created for low-income residents earning less than $ 35,000.
We asked LePage to inform us about the status of the GSII program.
Q: When is the next round coming out?
A: On November 29, the state began issuing about 803,000 GSS II payments – mostly checks, which will be mailed from November 29 to December 17, 21 – for an estimated $ 563 million.
This consignment includes the mailing of about 800,000 GSS II checks worth $ 561 million and about 3,000 direct deposit payments worth about $ 2.4 million. Direct deposits usually appear in bank accounts within a few business days, depending on the financial institution, and we advise people to wait up to three weeks to receive a paper check after it has been mailed.
As stated on our GSS II website, most of the GSS II direct deposits should have been made by mid-November, and those who have not received a direct deposit payment by then are likely to receive a paper check.
Q: How many have been given out to date?
A: Including GSS II payments that began to be processed and mailed on November 29, the state has now issued or announced (i.e., the current batch ships from now until December 17) a total of 3.5 million GSS II checks and nearly 3 , 8 million GSS II direct checks. deposit payments. The total amount of nearly 7.3 million GSS II checks and direct deposit payments is estimated at more than $ 5.1 billion.
Q: Will there be an extension until the new year if there are any jumps in the distribution?
A: As you can see, the online mailing schedule already includes mailing early next year (December 27 to January 22), and some people who have applied but have not yet received their ITINs by October. .15 will need to apply by February 15th and will still be eligible for the GSS. Information about these ITIN files can be found on our GSS help page.
Q: Are GSS incentive payments taxed by the government or the IRS?
A: GSS I and II are not taxed in California. You can check with the IRS if they are subject to federal tax.
Q: Can the FTB tell us how many Californians are eligible for the GSSII and GSSI programs?
A: It is too early to say exactly how many GSS payments will be made. We can only provide you with the most recent summary of how many tax returns were filed by GSS I or GSS II in the last reporting period. We do not yet know what the final amount will be because some of the returns are still pending eligibility and fraud checks, and we do not know how many GSS eligible ITIN tax returns will be filed by February 15th.
Having said all this, we do not expect a lot of additional GSS I payments and we have given a very rough estimate of 9 million total GSS II payments. Again, this is a rough estimate and it could end up closer to 8.5 million.
Q: Also, what is the total amount the government plans to distribute across the GSII and GSSI?
A: We can tell you that so far, about 4.4 million GSS I payments made are valued at approximately $ 2.8 billion, and the nearly 7.3 million GSS II payments announced so far are valued at approximately $ 5.1 billion. As previously mentioned, this total includes GSS II payments already issued and the latest issued checks, which will be mailed by December 17th.
Check your numbers
Here are some things to keep in mind for those who haven’t received their payment:
Check your AGI: The IRS reminds us that the IRS and California have different adjusted gross income requirements for incentive payments. “So there are many cases where a taxpayer may receive federal incentive but not California incentive,” the FTB said in a statement.
Have you moved or changed your bank? If any of these scenarios apply, you will most likely receive a paper check. Key dates are listed on the zip codes mailing list below.
Do you owe the state money (or break even)? The state notes that if you do not receive a refund, it is likely that you did not provide bank account information for the direct deposit. In this case, eligible residents will receive their GSS II payment in the mail.
Recipients awaiting a paper check can use their zip code to verify the distribution schedule provided by the state:
–376-584: 15.11.2021 – 03.12.2021
–585-719: 11/29/2021 – 12/17/2021
–720-927: 13.12.2021 – 31.12.2021
–928-999: 27.12.2021 – 01.01.2022
Here is the fine print
To qualify for payments, residents must:
- Submit taxes for 2020 by October 15, 2021;
- Adjusted gross income from $ 1 to $ 75,000 for tax year 2020;
- Be a state resident for more than half of the 2020 tax year;
- Be a resident of the state on the date the payment is due;
- Cannot be claimed by another taxpayer as a dependent;
- A dependent is an eligible child or eligible relative.
As previously reported, those whose income is solely from benefits such as Supplemental Insurance Income (SSI), Supplemental Government Payment (SSP) and Cash Assistance for Immigrants (CAPI), Social Security, CalWorks, unemployment are excluded from benefits. public disability insurance (SDI) and VA disability insurance.
To get an estimate of your California incentive payment, go to ftb.ca.gov.