Californians to Receive Inflation Relief Checks Next Month

By the edhat staff

The majority of Californians should expect to receive hundreds of dollars in inflation relief checks next month.

The state will begin to distribute funds to taxpayers through direct deposit starting on October 7th based on information provided for state taxes. Those who did not electronically file or receive refunds through direct deposit will instead receive debit cards that will be mailed from mid-October through December.

Earlier this year, the state Legislature and Governor Newsom agreed to a $12 billion relief effort that included sending taxpayers making less than $500,000 a year payments between $200 and $1,050, depending on income and family size, to offset the rising housing and gas prices.

Roughly 23 million California residents are eligible, which is set up in three tiers based on the adjusted gross income on 2020 state tax returns. Residents also must have filed their 2020 tax refund by Oct. 15, 2021, have lived in the state of California for at least half of the 2020 tax year and still be California residents on the date the payment is issued. They also cannot have been claimed as a dependent by someone else in the 2020 tax year. 

Here’s how it breaksdown:

  • Single taxpayers who earned less than $75,000 and couples who filed jointly and made less than $150,000 will receive $350 per taxpayer and another $350 if they have any dependents.

  • Individual filers who made between $75,000 and $125,000 — and couples who earned between $150,000 and $250,000 — will receive $250 per taxpayer, plus another $250 for dependents.

  • Individual filers who earned between $125,000 and $250,000 and couples who earned between $250,000 and $500,000 would receive $200 each. A family with children in this bracket could receive a maximum of $600.

  • Single taxpayers who earned more than $250,000 and couples who made more than $500,000 combined in 2020 aren’t eligible.

Estimate your rebate amount here.


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  1. It’s quite easy to find out exactly the financial makeup of the majority of those who play the lotto. Of course multi-millionaires have and do play the lottery, but some of them can never have enough. I used to work in downtown San Diego years ago (before it all got spiffed up), so I knows a bit about what goes on with folks who get the “free” money. Back then, it was food-stamp trading (get $100 in food stamps, sell ’em for $30/40 or whatever you could get in cash…then buy your drugs/booze/cigs). It seems that some folks don’t really know what goes on at the street level….it’s actually pretty ingenious. For example when a child or multiple children are claimed by multiple family members….mother, grandmother, aunt….for welfare money. Yes, I know what I’m talking about having worked with dozens and dozens of these families (don’t worry, I didn’t snitch on them).

  2. FOND, I would never in a million years vote for the Republicans of today. Their me-me-me are disgusting, their track record on human rights is disgusting, their handouts to CEOs and bankers are disgusting, their tax breaks to the rich are disgusting. And by serving me-me-me, I mean rich white males only. Anyone else who supports this party has been fleeced and is being taken advantage of.

  3. Most of us know that a large percentage of the money from the “relief checks” is going right back to the government via lottery tickets. Laugh all you want, but 30-40% of this money is going to be spent by those who can least afford to play the lotto, but, in fact….play the lotto week in and week our year after year. Like the casinos that comp rooms/shows/etc. to “winners” to keep them around until they become “losers.” Assuming that I get one of these checks, my plan is to donate half, and with the other half of the dough I’ll buy box wine from Smart & Final to wrap up as Christmas gifts for my favorite friends and family (only to those who are 21+).

    • The money isn’t “free”.
      There are conditions to receive the money, and citizens chose to contribute their hard earned money rather than oppose the government. The government owns that money and they are using it to pay people for being California citizens.
      It is a poor solution for the inflation problem, but it is decent marketing for politicians. Cash distributions like universal basic income are flawed, because rent-seekers will raise rents as soon as they realize that everyone has additional income.
      A better solution would be to invest the money into publicly owned infrastructure like Desalination Plants, ISPs, Farms, Housing, or Power Plants that provide more value than they consume over time.
      This strategy would fight inflation by increasing our supply of vital goods, and potentially by allowing citizens to purchase vital goods at the cost of production.

  4. Zero et al, what do you say we lose the us vs. them (red vs blue, conservative vs liberal) rhetoric and just talk issues and common sense? Does it make sense to give away money like this? Isn’t it a drop on the bucket political play for votes? I absolutely agree w you that tax breaks for the wealthy also make no sense.

    • So neither of you qualifies for the handout, yet you’re HERE bitching about it? My God, how can you guys be so bored with so much? Talk about first-world problems… Embarrassing. I’m all for CA giving our overpaid taxes back. Albeit in a socialist way. For me, it’s the Humane society.

    • OGSB – I’m not complaining about the handout and I was being fascicous about “not qualifying.” I don’t make half a million a year unfortunately. I was poking fun at those who bragged about it. I’m upset at the constant whining every time Newsom does anything. I’m also upset about the constant lying here by many, mostly VOICE. I need to let him go, but like a pitbull, I just can’t sometime. Good on you for helping out our animals in need, very noble!

  5. interesting arguments…i think it’s hilarious that the conservatives complain and start barking nonsense when Newsom (D) gives them money. You guys have the absolute worst memory of any American. Every time a conservative is elected president, they hand out money like candy. Free money! Free Tax breaks. Every time. Where do you think that money comes from? It’s not free and we all end up paying for it. But you sure do love it when your red pressie hands it over to you. This is no different, aside of Newsom wearing a blue neck tie. Tell ya what, if you are a California tax payer and don’t want that money, donate it to the Parks department in town. They could use the extra funds.

    • With tax breaks the money doesn’t “come from” anywhere. It is money not collected by the government. Government expenditures, like these inflation checks, come from money collected via taxes. We’re in a budget surplus here in CA, a rather large one, meaning CA collected more in taxes than it needed. CA could have suspended the gas tax, which would have directly impacted those most affected by high energy prices, it was proposed but not accepted. CA could have lowered the sales tax, they could have waived income taxes for those earning less than $48,435 (the top of the 6% income tax break), it didn’t. Instead they’re sending a check directly to voters, coincidently right around the time they’ll be mailing ballots. If you’re pointing left or right and saying “they’re the bad guys” you’ve already lost, and “they” have won.

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