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Didn’t Get Second California Coronavirus Stimulus Checks? You Can Still Claim It

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Millions of California residents benefited from the two rounds of stimulus checks that the state sent out last year. The second round of California coronavirus stimulus checks started going out in October 2021 and continued through January 2022. Even though the deadline to apply for the California stimulus check has passed, some people can still claim it.

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CFTB Done Sending Second Golden State Stimulus Checks

California residents benefited from two rounds of Gov. Gavin Newsom's Golden State Stimulus checks. The stimulus payments under the second Golden State Stimulus program started going out in October 2021, and the final batch of payments was sent out on Jan. 11, 2022.

Similar to the federal stimulus checks, the direct deposits were issued first, and such payments reflected in the recipients’ bank accounts within days. Later, the payments were distributed in the form of paper checks, mainly to those with limited banking access. The payments were sent on the basis of the final three digits of the recipient’s ZIP code.

According to the California Franchise Tax Board (CFTB), it could take up to three weeks after mailing for the paper checks to arrive. This means many of those whose payment was issued in the last batch wouldn’t have gotten it yet. So, except for them, most of the eligible residents would have received the payment by now.

There are, however, still many residents who haven’t yet received the stimulus payment under the second Golden State Stimulus program. Some of those people can still claim the money provided they meet one requirement.

California Coronavirus Stimulus Checks: Who Can Still Claim It?

Apart from other requirements, one major eligibility criteria to qualify for the stimulus payment was that California residents must have submitted their 2020 tax return no later than Oct. 15, 2021. Such a deadline was in place to give the CFTB time to determine who were eligible for the stimulus payment.

However, if you requested an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) before October 15 and didn’t get it before the deadline, then you will get some extra time to file your taxes.

Workers who aren’t eligible for a SSN (Social Security Number) need to apply for an ITIN. An ITIN enables workers to work in California in certain circumstances. So, if you applied for an ITIN prior to the October 15 deadline and didn’t get it by then, then you have until Feb. 15, 2022, to use your ITIN to file your taxes and request eligibility for the stimulus check.

Additionally, those who are eligible for a stimulus check but somehow missed out on the payment of no fault of their own, need to contact the CTFB. You can call the CFTB at 800-852-5711 anytime between 8 am to 5 pm (Monday to Friday) or use the MyFTB live chat service, or mail to Franchise Tax Board, PO Box 942840, Sacramento CA 94240-0040.