Golden State Stimulus

Do you know about the Golden State Stimulus?

Text 'GOLDEN' to 211-211 to see if you're eligible

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The Second Golden State Stimulus is an opportunity for those who missed the first stimulus to receive the payment.

Learn more at the Franchise Tax Board Page here.

Per the State of California Franchise Tax Board, to qualify for the second Golden State Stimulus you must:


  • Have filed your 2020 taxes
  • Have a California Adjusted Gross Income (CA AGI) of $1 to $75,000. For this information refer to:
    • Line 17 on Form 540
    • Line 16 on Form 540 2EZ
  • Have wages $75,000 or less
  • Be a California resident for more than half of the 2020 tax year
  • Be a California resident on the date payment is issued
  • Cannot be claimed as a dependent by another taxpayer
    • A dependent is a qualifying child or qualifying relative. Go to FTB Publication 1540 for more information about a qualifying child and qualifying relative

To make sure you receive your payment, file your 2020 tax return by October 15, 2021.

If you don’t qualify for GSS II, you may qualify for GSS I.


Need help filing your state taxes? Click Here to Download our guide to the 540-EZ

To qualify, you must:

  • Have filed your 2020 taxes by October 15, 2021
  • 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

To qualify for CalEITC, you must:

  • Have taxable earned income up to $30,000
  • Not use “married/RDP filing separately” if married or RDP
  • Meet all other qualifications

Visit CalEITC for more qualifications and other information.

If you have already filed and want to know if you received CalEITC, check line 75 on your California Form 540 and see if you received the California Earned Income Tax Credit.

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Check out this Guide to the California 540-EZ

Note: You MUST have at least $1 of taxable (not social security) income to be eligible for the GSS and GSS II.


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Get help filing California Form 540-2EZ to claim the Golden State Stimulus II!

We will be holding two pop-up tax events to help people claim the Golden State Stimulus II.

These events are for those who have not filed their 2020 California tax return but qualify for the California Golden State Stimulus II. We will provide a California Form 540-2EZ and pre-addressed envelope to each person so they may complete their California return. We will also have volunteers available to answer questions. All COVID guidelines will be followed.

Those who qualify:

  • Have $1-$75,000 in taxable, non-social security income
  • Have not yet filed their taxes.

What to Bring:

  • All applicable tax forms (W-2, 1099-SSA, 1099-R, 1099-INT, 1099-DIV etc.)

Dates & Locations:

Saturday, October 9, Arroyo Grande Library

  • 800 W Branch St, AG
  • 10 AM - 2 PM

Tuesday, October 12, Ludwick Community Center

  • 864 Santa Rosa St, SLO
  • 2 PM - 5 PM