Federal stimulus payments may be ending, but many in California are getting one more stimulus check. Many Californians would have already received their second stimulus payment under the Golden State Stimulus program. For those who are still waiting, detailed below is how to track your coronavirus stimulus check.
In July, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law that allows sending a second stimulus payment under the Golden State Stimulus program. Those eligible for the payment must have been a California resident for more than half of the last year, as well as on the date when the payment is issued. Also, your Adjusted Gross Income (or wages) must be less than $75,000 for the 2020 tax year.
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Those who got the payment under the first round are not eligible for a payment under the second round. However, those with a child dependent and meeting the income requirements will get a $500 payment.
The California Franchise Tax Board (CFTB) is responsible for the distribution of the stimulus payment. It issued the first batch of payments (via direct deposit) a couple of weeks back. Most recipients are expected to get payment through direct deposit by October 15.
The CFTB has updated its website to help taxpayers track their coronavirus stimulus check. Those who filed their tax return after the August 20 deadline can expect a delay in their stimulus payment. This is because it would take up to 45 more days to process their tax return.
Additionally, the agency would start sending the physical checks from October 4, and the process would carry through to the end of the year. Those expecting physical checks can use the last three digits of their zip code to get an idea on when they will be receiving their payment.
"If your tax return is processed after the date of your scheduled ZIP code payment, allow up to 60 days," the CFTB says.
Golden State Stimulus Program: How To Contact CFTB
Californians can also track coronavirus stimulus checks by contacting the CFTB. You can contact the agency by three ways: phone, chat and mail.
Californians can call the CFTB representatives from 8 AM to 5 PM Pacific Time (Monday to Friday) at 800-852-5711. Those who live outside the U.S. can reach the CFTB at 916-845-6500.
To reach CFTB through chat, you need to login into your MyFTB account. You can chat with a CFTB representative on weekdays between 8 AM to 5 PM.
You can also reach CFTB through the mail with your questions, documents or any other communications. The correspondence address to reach CFTB through the mail is: Franchise Tax Board, PO Box 942840, Sacramento CA 94240-0040.
Along with the support for tracking, the CFTB has updated its website with a tool that would give you an estimate of the amount you could expect under the Golden State Stimulus program.