Golden State Stimulus FAQs



California enacted a coronavirus relief package providing much-needed relief to the state’s small businesses and stimulus payments to residents with low income. The law gave eligible California residents a $600 or a $1,200 one-time payment as long as they filed their 2020 tax return by October 15, 2021.  To learn more about the Golden State Stimulus visit Golden State Stimulus  FTB.


The stimulus was a one-time $600 or $1,200 payment per tax return. Those who received the payment may have received the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) or file with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). The Golden State Stimulus aim was to support Californians with a low income. 

Anyone who made less than $75,000 a year was eligible for $600 checks. Taxpayers without children received $600 while those with children qualified for $1,100. 

No.  If you filed your 2020 tax return by October 15, 2021 and received a CalEITC refund, you should automatically receive the payment via direct deposit or check.     

There have been two stimulus payments. See information below regarding Golden State Stimulus I and II.

1) $600 payment to taxpayers with a Social Security Number who qualified for CalEITC (making $30,000 or less);

2) $600 payment to qualified ITIN filers making $75,000 or less;

3) $1,200 payment to qualified ITIN filers who also qualified for CalEITC.

Golden State Stimulus I payments were issued to those who filed their 2020 tax returns between March -April of 2021.

Contact the Franchise Tax Board for more information via

Phone: 800-852-5711 or 916-845-6500 (outside the U.S.)
Weekdays, 8 AM to 5 PM

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1) $600 payment to taxpayers with a Social Security Number making $75,000 or less who did not receive a first payment;

2) $1,000 payment to qualified ITIN filers making $75,000 or less and have one or more dependents.

3) Additional payment for families with dependents: Qualified families who file with a Social Security Number with one or more dependents are eligible for an additional $500.

The Franchise Tax Board issued payments starting September 2021 

If you qualified, you only need to file a complete 2020 tax return to receive the Golden State Stimulus II payment. To qualify, you must:

  • Filed your 2020 taxes by October 15, 2021
  • Have a California Adjusted Gross Income (CA AGI) of $1 to $75,000 for the 2020 tax year. For this information refer to:
    • Line 17 on Form 540
    • Line 16 on Form 540 2EZ
  • Had wages of $0 to $75,000 for the 2020 tax year
  • Was a California resident for more than half of the 2020 tax year
  • Was a California resident on the date payment is issued
  • Not be claimed as a dependent by another taxpayer
    • A dependent is a qualifying child or qualifying relative. Go to FTB Publication 1540 for more information about a qualifying child and qualifying relative

You will not receive the Stimulus II payment if your income was solely from Social Security, Unemployment, Veterans, Disability or CalFresh or CalWorks. You must have earned income that combined with these payments takes you over the tax threshold by $1 dollar to qualify for the payment.