KEY POINTS

  • California will send one-time direct payments worth up to $1,200
  • The state-only checks are part of California's $7.6 billion coronavirus relief plan
  • The stimulus payment cannot be garnished or offset to cover a debt, child support or spousal support

Eligible Californians are set to receive a one-time direct payment of up to $1,200 as part of the $7.6 billion Golden State Stimulus package. 

California’s Franchise Tax Board (FTB) is sending an extra $600 one-time check to qualified individuals or a $1,200 check to qualified married couples filing jointly. 

The state’s stimulus payment cannot be garnished or offset to cover a debt, child support or spousal support, the FTB said. 

Californians would be eligible to receive the Golden State Stimulus payment if they have filed their 2020 taxes, are California Earned Income Tax Credit (CALEITC) recipients or are Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) filers making not more than $75,000. This includes illegal immigrants without Social Security numbers who file tax returns.

The $600 check would also go to a person who lived in the state for more than half of the 2020 tax year, a resident on the date payment is issued or a person who cannot be claimed as a dependent. 

Eligible recipients of the direct payments who filed their state tax returns between Jan. 1 and March 1 are expected to receive the $600 after April 15. People in this group who get paper checks may need to wait four to six weeks. 

People who filed their state taxes after March 2 may need to wait up to 45 days for direct-deposit payments and 60 days for mailed paper checks. California released a wait-time website showing how long the FTB is taking to process state tax returns. 

Eligible Californians will receive a $600 stimulus check if they are:

  • A CALEITC recipient
  • Not a CALEITC recipient, but have filed with an ITIN and made $75,000 or less in adjusted gross income
  • Filed a joint return with at least one individual with an ITIN and made up to $75,000 

The FTB will send $1,200 checks to Californians who are:

  • A CALEITC recipient filing with an ITIN and made $75,000 or less in adjusted gross income
  • Couples filing jointless who are CALEITC recipients with at least one individual with an ITIN and made $75,000 or less

California Governor Gavin Newsom announced the state could reopen on June 15 California Governor Gavin Newsom announced the state could reopen on June 15 Photo: AFP / Frederic J. BROWN