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California Inflation Relief Checks – Who is Eligible?

About 23 million California residents will receive inflation relieF checks of up to $1,050. California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a $308 billion state budget that includes the payments on June 30, 2022. In this post, we are going to explain in detail who is eligible for inflation relief, what the income limits are, and when the checks will be mailed.

Additionally, we will answer the most frequently asked questions about the inflation relief payment.

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California Inflation Relief Checks

After months of talks about a gas rebate Governor Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders announced they have reached a deal that would get money directly to people to offset the record-breaking gas prices and inflation.

Families in California could get direct payments of up to $1,050.

According to CNBC, more than half of California’s residents may soon receive a stimulus check from the state, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office has announced.

This is part of an inflation relief package worth $17 billion.

It is estimated that 23 million Californians will receive payments, totaling up to $1,050 for joint filers with at least one dependent.

Payments will be mailed this fall.

Who is Eligible for Inflation Relief Check?

Eligibility for the inflation relief check will depend on how much money each California resident earns, as well as how many dependents they have.

To be eligible, you must fall into one of the three income tiers for either single or joint tax filers.

Here are the income tiers for single and joint filers and how much each tier could receive.

Single tax filers will receive:

$350 if they earn less than $75,000 per year
$250 if they earn between $75,001 and $125,000 per year
$200 if they earn between $125,001 and $250,000 per year

Joint tax filers will receive:

$700 if they earn less than $150,000 per year
$500 if they earn between $150,001 and $250,000 per year
$400 if they earn between $250,001 and $500,000 per year

However, if either single or joint filers have at least one dependent, they will receive an additional amount of either $350, $250, or $200, based on their tier.

Details of the Inflation Relief Package

Here are the details of other relief items in the Governor’s package.

FAQs about California Inflation Relief Checks

Here are the most frequently asked questions about California Inflation Relief Checks:

Who qualifies for the Inflation Relief Checks?

Californians earning as much as $75,000 for individuals or $150,000 for joint filers would receive $350 per taxpayer.

Additionally, there is another $350 if they have at least one dependent.

Therefore, a single parent would therefore receive $700 and two-parent families would receive $1,050.

When will the California Inflation Relief Checks be issued?

According to California Governor Newsom, the inflation relief checks will be sent via direct deposit or debit cards as soon as October 2022.

Where is the money coming from?

The checks are designed as tax refunds and result from the state’s record-setting $97 billion budget surplus.

What is the reason for the Inflation Relief Checks?

The checks, as described by Governor Newsom are a “middle-class tax rebate,” in response to high gas prices and the economic strain felt by millions of consumers and businesses due to rising inflation.

California has by far the highest average price for a gallon of regular-grade gas in the country.

The state is averaging $6.30 for a gallon as of June 28th, according to AAA — 29 percent higher than the national average, at $4.88.

Twelve states and D.C. have average gas prices of $5 or more, according to AAA.

As of June 2022, here are the average gas prices across the state:

The average gas price in San Luis Obispo County is $6.52.

Santa Barbara’s county average is $6.28.

California’s average gas price is $6.31.

Will Seniors Get Inflation Relief Checks?

It depends. If social security is one’s sole source of income, they’re not required to file taxes. This subset of seniors are not eligible for the inflation relief checks.

California Inflation Relief Checks Summary

We hope this post on California Inflation Relief Checks was helpful.


If you have further questions about the Inflation Relief Checks, California SNAP or EBT Card, please let us know in the comments section below.

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Kwame Kuadey

Kwame Kuadey writes about personal finance and the social safety net. His career started in banking but he caught the entrepreneurial bug and has spent the last decade building successful businesses, including an Inc. 500 Company. Kwame believes everyone has the power to improve their quality of life by seeking knowledge and taking action. In 2012, Kwame founded Empower Media to help low-income households improve their financial situation. His expertise is in topics relevant to low-income households, including government benefits and assistance, banking products, access to credit, plus tools & resources to help reduce income volatility and build wealth. Kwame has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Inc. Magazine, Washington Post, ABC, and NPR.

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