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California Stimulus Check: Here’s When to Get the Gas Rebate—and How Much You’ll Get

About 23 million California residents are expected to receive “inflation relief” checks within days, part of Governor Gavin Newsom’s plan to provide financial aid to many working families beset by high gasoline prices.

The checks are part of a $17 billion relief package, which also suspended the state’s sales tax on diesel fuel and provided additional assistance to help those with rent and utility bills, the governor said earlier this year.

California isn’t alone in developing stimulus checks and rebates to help residents combat inflation, with at least 20 other states also offering financial aid to their citizens. Yet, while gas prices have dropped from their record highs in June, drivers in California still pay the highest amount for a gallon of gas, on average, according to AAA data. The average gas price in California is $6.33 per gallon, compared to $3.92 nationally.

“We are told that approximately 90% of residents in the state are currently eligible for these exemptions,” said CBS News correspondent Jonathan Vigliotti.

Here’s what to know about check times and how much California residents can expect.

Checks started arriving from October 7

Vigliotti started coming in on Friday, with people receiving debit cards in the mail or direct deposits into their bank accounts.

But it may take a few days or weeks for the money to arrive. Still, according to the California Franchise Tax Board, about 90% of people who receive direct deposit will receive their payment by the end of October.

On social media, some said they received their checks via direct deposit on Friday, while others said they were still waiting.

Will I get direct deposit?

Those who have included their bank account information in their 2020 tax returns will get the direct deposit amount.

Who will get the debit card in the mail?

Taxpayers who have included their addresses but do not have any bank account data will receive a debit card. Other people who have received loan cards include:

  • People filing paper tax returns.
  • People who have tax dues from their 2020 returns.
  • Taxpayers who received direct deposits for their 2020 refunds but who have since changed their bank accounts or changed banks.
  • Individuals who have received advance payment from their tax service provider, or who have paid tax preparation fees using their tax return.

How Much WIll I Get?

Payments are based on income and family size.

Single taxpayers who make less than $75,000 a year and couples who file jointly and earn less than $150,000 a year will receive $350 per taxpayer.

Taxpayers of dependents will receive an additional $350, regardless of the total number of dependents.

In other words, a couple who jointly earns $125,000 and have two children would qualify for $350 per adult and $350 for their children, for a total of $1050.

What about high-income Californians?

Higher-income residents will receive smaller payments.

Single taxpayers who earn between $75,000 and $125,000 per year will receive $250, plus the same amount for their dependents, up to a maximum of $500.

Couples who earn between $150,000 and $250,000 will receive $500, plus $250 for dependents, up to a maximum of $750.

The exemption amounts are reduced by income until they are completely eliminated for people earning more than $500,000. You can see the exemption amount for higher income groups here.

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