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Here is when to expect a California inflation relief direct deposit payment or mailed debit card and how to estimate how much you’ll get
Here is when to expect a California inflation relief direct deposit payment or mailed debit card and how to estimate how much you’ll get
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Here is when to expect a California inflation relief direct deposit payment or mailed debit card and how to estimate how much you’ll get
Are you still waiting for your California inflation relief payment?
The Franchise Tax Board is still sending out Middle Class Tax Refund debit cards for some Californians.
The FTB delayed the timeline for when debit card recipients whose address has changed since filing their 2020 tax return. Those payments are being issued between Jan. 30 and Feb. 14, the FTB said.
When asked how many people that impacts, spokesperson Andrew LePage said the FTB could not provide a specific count, but “the vast majority” of MCTR payments will have been issued to eligible recipients by the end of January.
“The number of remaining payments to be issued after Jan. 31 will be relatively small and will be due to uncommon circumstances, including FTB receiving an updated address to deliver the payment,” he said.
The FTB had previously said it expected about 90% of direct deposits to be issued in October and 95% of all MCTR payments — direct deposit and debit cards — by the end of 2022.
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As of Jan. 13, more than 31 million California taxpayers and their dependents have benefited from the payments, according to the Franchise Tax Board.
The state has issued more than 7 million direct deposit payments and 9.4 million debit cards worth more than $9 billion.
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The inflation relief payments were promised last year to help with increased gas and cost of living prices. The state Legislature and governor agreed to send Californians who file income tax in the state making less than $500,000 a year payments between $200 and $1,050 depending on income and family size.
There have been issues with the debit cards, however. Some people have reached out to KCRA 3, saying they were unable to use their cards because the funds were drained. Lawmakers encourage anyone with those issues to contact their state senator or assembly member.
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Recipients must have filed their 2020 tax return by Oct. 15, 2021, have met certain income limits (see below), were not claimed as a dependent in the 2020 tax year, and were California residents for six months or more of the 2020 tax year. You must also be a California resident on the date the payment is issued.
Those who applied for an individual taxpayer identification number but who did not receive it by Oct. 15, 2021, must have filed their 2020 tax return by Feb. 15, 2022.
You can use this online tool to estimate how much money you should receive. Eligibility is based on 2020 tax filings.
The payments are distributed through direct deposits and mailed debit cards.
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Eligible Californians who received the Golden State Stimulus and who filed their tax return electronically, and received their tax refund through direct deposit, had payments issued to their bank accounts from Oct. 7 through Nov. 14, according to state officials.
The last batch of payments for those accounts that required additional review went out from Dec. 17 to Jan. 14.
Some people who might have thought they would get a direct deposit will actually be receiving a debit card through the mail.
People will receive a debit card in the mail if they filed a paper return, had a balance due, received their Golden State Stimulus by check, received their tax refund by check, received their 2020 tax refund by direct deposit but have since changed their bank or bank account number, or received an advance payment from their tax service provider or paid tax preparer fees using their tax refund.
People should allow up to two weeks from the issue date to receive their card in the mail.
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The FTB says that it will use the best available address to provide the taxpayer with their payment for those who are eligible for the mailed debit cards.
“For example, if the taxpayer provided FTB a new address when they filed their 2021 tax return, FTB would use that address for purposes of their MCTR payment,” a spokesperson said.
Those debit cards are going out for people who changed their address from Jan. 30, 2023, through Feb. 14.
You’ll receive a debit card payment through the mail from Dec. 17, 2022, through Jan. 14, 2023.
The Franchise Tax Board says to allow up to two weeks from the dates above to receive the debit cards.

How much you receive will depend on your California-adjusted gross income, as well as how many dependents you have.
Taxpayers receive either $350, $250 or $200 based on their income level, with an additional payment of the same amount if they have at least one dependent.
Tier 1: Single filers who make less than $75,000 would get $350. Joint filers with an income under $150,000 receive $700. If they have at least one dependent, they will receive an additional $350.
So, for example, that means a married couple earning $100,000 per year with one child gets $1,050.
About 82% of the state’s beneficiaries are in this income level.
Tier 2: Single filers who make $75,001 to $125,000 would get $250. Joint filers with an income between $150,001 and $250,000 would receive $500. If they have at least one dependent, they will receive an additional $250.
About 12% of beneficiaries are in this tier.
Tier 3: Single filers who make $125,001 to $250,000 would get $200. Joint filers who make between $250,001 and $500,000 would receive $400. If they have at least one dependent, they will receive an additional $200.
About 6% of beneficiaries are in this tier.
Most who did not file a tax return in 2020 are not eligible for the payment. But the state is also increasing assistance to these programs:
Seniors who do not file taxes because they only receive Social Security payments and others who don’t file taxes do not qualify for the refund.
However, they may still be eligible for other types of increased assistance like rent relief, and utility assistance, according to H.D. Palmer, a spokesperson for California’s Department of Finance.
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The FTB says that if it’s been two weeks since the issue date, here is what to do.
First, double-check on the FTB’s website that you meet the eligibility requirements based on your 2020 tax return. If that’s the case, you can call Money Network’s customer service line at 1-800-542-9332 to speak with an agent from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT on weekdays.
“We advise people to call the Money Network customer service line as early as possible,” LePage said.
He said that FTB has been working with Money Network to address issues with people haveing trouble speaking to a representative about their issues.
“The vendor has made enhancements to its customer service phone lines and has hired additional staff to answer a higher volume of calls,” LePage said.
Wait times are typically the shortest on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
The Middle Class Tax Refund payment is not taxable for California state income tax purposes. However, the MCTR payments may be considered federal income.
FTB says: “As such, a 1099-MISC for MCTR payments of $600 or more will be issued. It should not be presumed that because a taxpayer did not get a 1099-MISC, their payment is not subject to federal tax.”
FTB says you should take these steps:
“Money Network is the state’s vendor handling the MCTR debit cards and is responsible for processing MCTR debit card fraud claims. Anyone reporting potential MCTR debit card fraud should call Money Network immediately at 800-240-0223, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Call 800-240-0223, enter your language preference and then the card number and the pin they set up.
From the menu, select Option 1 “To Activate, Customer Service, and Main Menu.” The balance will be stated to the caller, and they can either press 1 to repeat or 2 to “continue.”
Press 2 to continue.
On the next menu, Select Option 6 for “new or existing dispute.” Caller will be transferred to an agent to intake the claim.
Timeframe: Review and verification of the activity being either a fraudulent activity or a malfunction with the funding of the card can take 45 to 90 days.”
You can call the 1-800-542-9332 customer service line. You can also chat online here.

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