New stimulus checks are coming for Californians, see if you qualify for one

Josue Torres
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Many Californians may soon receive a second round of one-time Golden State Stimulus payments.

State legislators approved Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposal on Monday to deliver $600 stimulus payments to low and middle-income Californians while the state recovers from the coronavirus epidemic.

In May, the governor proposed the second round of checks as part of his $262.6 billion state budget. 

The budget approved by legislators on Monday shows a partial agreement on most key issues, including $8 billion for additional stimulus checks.

The governor and the Legislature are still discussing the specifics of how the money will be spent on wildfire prevention, drought relief, and child care, among other things.

The second state stimulus plan would deliver $600 checks to families earning up to $75,000 per year that did not get a check in the spring’s first round of stimulus payments. The initial $3.7 billion round was aimed at those earning less than $30,000.

What you need to know about the second round of checks is as follows:

Requirements to qualify for the new round of stimulus checks

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Direct payments will be made to families earning up to $75,000 per year, which Newsom claims includes two-thirds of Californians. Families with children would get an additional $500, while illegal immigrants who were excluded from federal stimulus legislation will receive an additional $500 direct payment.

The state may make numerous payments to certain taxpayers.

You must submit your 2020 tax return to be eligible.

When would you receive the payment?

Because Newsom has yet to sign the bill and legislators are still negotiating, it is uncertain when the direct payments would be made.

Individuals who qualify, on the other hand, will not be required to do anything in order to get the benefits. 

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After qualified 2020 tax returns are completed, the state schedules and distributes checks twice a month. Visit the Golden State Stimulus webpage for additional information.

Andrea Lopez, a South L.A. resident is thankful for the stimulus, before the pandemic started she used to work 3 jobs in order to support her three kids after her husband passed away; when lockdown started she didn’t know what to do:

“I really appreciate the fact that the government shows care for us, I try to work as much as I can to provide for my kids, but it’s just now that [businesses] are reopening again, getting back on track is not easy,” she added. 

“I never expect anything for free, I always work hard to get what I need for my family, but considering the circumstances, every kind of help from our leaders is extremely appreciated,” Andrea said.

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