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Golden State Stimulus

California authorized two stimulus payments to residents of the State in 2020. Golden State Stimulus I and Golden State Stimulus II.

To receive any of the Golden State Stimulus money, you will need to qualify.

Golden State Stimulus I Qualifications:

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.

Golden State Stimulus II Qualifications:

  • You Must have “Earned Income” in other words must have worked in 2020
  • Your Income must be less than $75,000.

Income included in CA AGI

Generally, these are included in your CA AGI:

  • Wages and Self-Employment income
  • Tips
  • Interest (e.g. savings account)
  • Dividends
  • Rental income
  • Pension/retirement income
  • Gains on a sale of property

Visit Income types for a list of the common types of income.

Income excluded from CA AGI

Generally, these are not included in your CA AGI:

  1. Social Security – SSA-1099
  2. CalWorks and CalFresh benefits
  3. Supplemental Security Income (SSI)/State Supplementary Payment (SSP) and Cash Assistance
  4. Program for Immigrants (CAPI)
  5. State Disability Insurance (SDI) and VA disability benefits
  6. Unemployment income

You would generally not qualify for GSS II if these were your only sources of income. However, if you have income that is included in CA AGI in addition to this list, you may qualify for GSS II.

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