PEOPLE in California earning less than $75,000 can expect to receive a $600 check in the coming weeks as people use the IRS tool to track their payments.
About two million people are expected to receive the second round of payments, in both direct deposits and paper checks, around the middle of September, according to state authorities there.
As Californians are cashing in, Americans across the country are asking if they will get a fourth stimulus check.
It is unlikely a fourth round of direct payments will be sent out, as President Joe Biden has prioritized other ways to help Americans.
But that has not stopped more than 20 Democratic senators from pushing for recurring checks worth up to $2,000 to be introduced.
Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Cory Booker are among politicians calling for recurring payments, Newsweek reports.
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DO YOU QUALIFY?
The Golden State has been rolling out payments to eligible residents.
To qualify for the second round of payment, you must file your 2020 taxes by October 15, 2021 and have been a CA resident for more than half of the 2020 tax year and on the date the payment is issued.
Your California Adjusted Gross Income must be $1 to $75,000 for the 2020 tax year or wages of $0 to $75,000 for the 2020 tax year.
STIMULUS FOR TEACHERS AND ARTISTS
Stimulus cash is also being provided to artists in New York and teachers in Tennessee.
Up to 2,000 artists will receive checks worth up to $5,000 and payments are expected to be sent out by October.
In Tennessee, $1,000 stimulus checks will be sent to teachers before the end of the year.
GOLDEN STATE STIMULUS
But households in California will see $600 payments and families with dependents may get as much as $1,100.
Round one of the checks included some 600,000 and went out to eligible California residents at the end of August.
A second batch sent checks last week.
Gov. Gavin Newsom, who successfully withstood a recall election challenge, had pushed for these $600 stimulus checks earlier this year.
Officials say they’re going out now every two weeks and are in effect fourth stimulus payments for many residents of the state.
Meanwhile, more than 2.8 million people have signed a Change.org petition that calls on lawmakers to pass legislation for recurring $2,000 monthly payments.
Twenty-one Democrat senators have signed a letter to Joe Biden in support of recurring stimulus payments.
The letter read: “Almost six in 10 people say the $1,400 payments set to be included in the rescue package will last them less than three months.”
The IRS advised those still waiting for their third stimulus check to follow these steps as call mounts for a fourth round.
TRACK YOUR UNENPLOYMENT REFUND
Unfortunately, there’s no one easy way to check the status of the refunds so it may be a waiting game for most taxpayers.
Neither the online Where’s My Refund? tool nor the IRS2Go app reflect what the IRS calls “systemic refunds.”
One way to know the status of your refund and if one has been issued is to wait for the letter that the IRS sends taxpayers whose returns are corrected.
These letters are sent out within 30 days of a correction being made and will tell you if you’ll get a refund, or if the cash was used to offset the debt.