California will provide the Golden State Stimulus payment to families and individuals who qualify. This is a one-time $600 or $1,200 payment per tax return. You may receive this payment if you receive the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) or file with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).

The Golden State Stimulus aims to:

  • Support low-income Californians

  • Help those facing a hardship due to COVID-19


For most Californians who qualify, you don’t need to do anything to receive the stimulus payment.


Need Tax Assistance?

Do I qualify?

To qualify, you must:

  • Have filed your 2020 taxes

  • Be either:

    • A CalEITC recipient

    • An ITIN filer who made $75,000 or less (total CA AGI)

  • Live in California for more than half of the 2020 tax year

  • Be a California resident on the date payment is issued

  • Not be eligible to be claimed as a dependent

How much will I receive?

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If you meet these qualifications, you may receive either:

  • A one-time $600 payment

  • A one-time $1,200 payment


The payment will be by direct deposit or check in the mail per tax return.


Use the table below to determine your amount.

How will I receive my stimlus?

If you qualify, or think you may qualify, for the Golden State stimulus payment you need to file your 2020 tax return. If you qualify for CalEITC, make sure you claim it on your return.

Use the table below to help guide you.

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How to collect your stimulus payment: 



You MUST file your 2020 taxes to determine eligibility. Learn how and where to file free here.

The Golden State Stimulus payment will come as a separate payment – separate from any state income tax refund and any CalEITC credit the taxpayer receives. Payments will be issued twice monthly after eligible 2020 tax returns are processed. For taxpayers who have chosen direct deposit, it may take up to 45 days to receive a GSS payment from the time any tax refund or CalEITC credit is received. Paper checks may take up to 60 days.

Do you think you qualify? ATCAA can still help you file so that you may receive your stimulus payment through June 30th. 


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earned income TAX CREDIT

Earn 30k or less? Work for an employer or work for yourself?  You may be eligible for the cash-back California Earned Income Tax Credit
ITIN filers are now eligible for the credit.
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