February 2022 California Golden Stimulus Payments, Check If You Are Eligible

February 2022 Golden Stimulus Payments, Check If You Are Eligible
Gavin Newsom. (photo by the Office of the Governor of California on wiki commons)

The California Comeback Plan, a $100 billion stimulus package signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom in July 2021, issued the second batch of stimulus checks. The first payments were made in October of last year, and the distribution process is almost over.

File 2020 tax return to be eligible 

According to The ORC, since late August, the Golden State Stimulus II program has issued 8.2 million checks and direct payments totaling $5.9 billion. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s pandemic recovery plan includes the program. The $600 costs were designed for California residents with an adjusted gross income of less than $75,000. Families who met the criteria received an additional $500 for dependents.

For residents who filed their 2020 taxes electronically and provided a bank account for the tax return’s deposit, most of the stimulus funds were dispersed by direct deposit early in the program.

To be eligible for the payouts, residents of California must have filed their 2020 tax return by October 15, 2021. This was required by the California Franchise Tax Board (CFTB) for the CFTB to determine the amount of each individual’s entitlement and ensure that they paid it to the correct bank account. Most of those eligible for a Golden State stimulus check has already gotten one, but there are a few exceptions, en.as.com reported. 

Deadline set to file taxes 

According to Marca, the deadline was set to file their taxes, and the CFTB could determine if they were eligible and how much they were suitable for. For example, suppose you requested an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) before October 15 but did not receive it before the deadline. In that case, you will be given additional time to file your taxes.

Workers who do not qualify for a Social Security Number (SSN) can instead apply for an ITIN, which allows them to work in California under certain conditions. If this applies to you, you will have until February 15, 2022, to file taxes and trigger payment of your Golden State Stimulus check using your ITIN.

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