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$1,050 Relief Checks Will Be Sent As Direct Payments or Debit Cards in California

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California to release relief checks. (Photo: CNET)

More than $5 billion in California inflation relief funds have been sent to qualifying taxpayers who may receive direct payments or debit cards worth up to $1,050.

Relief checks

California to release relief checks. (Photo: CNET)

Relief Checks in California

According to the Franchise Tax Board’s website, since October 7 the state has received more than 6.7 million direct deposits and more than 2.5 million debit cards. The tax board spokesperson Andrew LePage said that the website will be updated each week with the fresh total number of recipients. By January, debit cards and direct deposits would collectively reach 18 million payments.

Check first to see if you electronically submitted your 2020 tax return and received your refund by direct deposit if you believe you should have received a direct payment sooner. In order to confirm your eligibility again, examine your 2020 California Tax Return before calling the Middle-Class Tax Refund customer service number.

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Debit Cards Recipients and Eligibility

The tax board normally mails out between 150,000 and 200,000 debit cards every day to qualified users, excluding holidays and weekends, according to Lepage. The distribution of debit cards started on October 24 and will end on January 14, according to a published article in The Sacramento Bee.

Meanwhile, the official website of the Tax Board states that you should expect your debit cards if you have one of the following:

  • Filed a paper return
  • Had a balance due
  • Received your Golden State Stimulus payment by check
  • Received your tax refund by check regardless of filing method
  • Received your 2020 tax refund by direct deposit, but have since changed your banking institution or bank account number
  • Received an advance payment from your tax service provider, or paid your tax preparer fees using your tax refund

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