Immediate Emergency Stimulus Action - Financial Relief is on the Way!
An agreement between the Governor and Democratic Legislators will provide billions in emergency relief for individuals, small businesses, nonprofits and other key support for Californians.
Direct Payments to Individuals
The Golden State Stimulus plan will allow for direct payments to those most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Included in this group will be individuals who were left out of stimulus payments last year, those making under $30,000 per year, and households that received an EITC payment in 2020. An additional $600 grant will be available for individuals enrolled in Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI).
Resources: Golden State Stimulus
Take Advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit
The Earned Income Tax Credit is designed to benefit low-to-moderate income working people with a financial boost when they need it the most. The population that benefits most often knows the least about it and millions go unclaimed every year, and COVID is likely to make matters worse as people have fewer options for obtaining assistance.
Support for Small Businesses
Immediate support for small business has quadrupled including billions in tax cuts for businesses that participated in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
Resources and Services for Small Businesses: business.ca.gov/coronavirus-2019/
Tax Relief and Extension: www.cdtfa.ca.gov/services/covid19.htm
Visit the Governor’s website for regular updates: covid19.ca.gov/business-and-employers/
Fee Waivers for Licensees
This agreement provides 2 years of fee relief to about 59,000 restaurants/bars as well as over 600,000 individuals working in barbering and cosmetology.
An increase in over $400 million provides stipends of $525 for each child enrolled in state subsidized childcare. The new resources also extend care for children of essential workers through June of 2022.
To find childcare options near you: covid19.ca.gov/childcare
Housing for Agricultural Workers
Housing for the Harvest is a program that offers temporary hotel housing to agricultural workers who need to isolate due to COVID-19. It helps positive or exposed workers protect their loved ones and coworkers by giving them a space to self-isolate.
Learn more: covid19.ca.gov/housing-for-agricultural-workers
Emergency Relief for Community College Students
$100 million in emergency financial aid will be distributed to qualifying students and $20 million will be used to reengage students who left college or are at risk of leaving due to pandemic hardships.
Increased Funding for CalFresh Food Benefits
CalFresh provides food benefits to help people buy most foods at most grocery stores and farmers markets. People and families with low income can apply for CalFresh any time. If you have a change in income, even a temporary one because of the coronavirus, you can apply for CalFresh food benefits. To apply, visit CalFresh online or call 1-877-847-3663 (1-877-847-FOOD).
For more information: covid19.ca.gov/food-resources
Check Stimulus Payment Status:
Payments have been expedited so you can receive it as quickly as possible. Refer to ftb.ca.gov to find out when you’ll receive your payment.
Allow 45 days beyond mailing time-frames to allow for processing. If it’s been over 45 days, contact the Franchise Tax Board.