When Will You Get Your Inflation Relief Check?

Dayana Sabatin

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Millions of Californians have already received their Middle-Class Tax Refund by direct deposit, and there are still many more individuals that are still waiting for the check to arrive.

The “inflation relief” payments are ranging in size from $200 to $1,050, and the 23 million taxpayers who qualified to receive them will get the payment by either direct deposit or by debit card, depending on how they filed their taxes in 2020.

The state’s Franchise Tax Board released more information on when recipients can expect to get paid – but it’s still pretty complicated.

When you get paid depends on how you get paid because the first batch of payments are for people who received a Golden State Stimulus payment last year through direct deposit. Those payments started going out on October 7th and will be going through October 25th.

The next group of people that will be getting paid are those who received a Golden State Stimulus payment by debit card. This specific payment will be sent by debit card in alphabetical order by last name.

California has been sending out debit cards in partnership with Money Network, and the Franchise Tax Board says you’ll need to activate your card online once you receive it in the mail.

Additionally, around the same time, the first batch of debit cards are going out, the state will be issuing direct deposits to non-GSS recipients who had filed taxes electronically in 2020 and received their tax refunds by direct deposit.

The remaining eligible recipients will be paid out between December 2022 and January 2023. The Franchise Tax Board will be announcing more precise dates next month.

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