California Middle-Class Tax Refunds start arriving tomorrow

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After being approved earlier this year, Califonia's so-called Middle-Class Tax Refund will start arriving in taxpayers' accounts tomorrow.

“We know it’s expensive right now, and California is putting money back into your pockets to help, Gov. Gavin Newsom said today in a press release. "We’re sending out refunds worth over a thousand dollars to help families pay for everything from groceries to gas." 

A total of 18 million payments will be distributed, benefitting up to 23 million Californians. An estimated 8 million direct deposits will start arriving in bank accounts from October 7 through November 14, and an estimated 10 million debit cards will be delivered from October 25 through January 15. To determine your eligibility, visit

Payments will range from $400 to $1,050 for couples filing jointly and $200 to $700 for all other individuals depending on their income and whether they claimed a dependent. Refunds are available for ITIN filers, in addition to those who file tax returns with an SSN.

Direct deposit MCTR payments for Californians who received Golden State Stimulus (GSS) I or II are expected to be issued to bank accounts from Oct. 7 through Oct. 25, with the remaining direct deposits occurring between Oct. 28 and Nov. 14. FTB expects about 90% of the MCTR direct deposits to be issued in October. 

Other MCTR payments will be issued on debit cards. Debit cards will be mailed to eligible taxpayers in an envelope prominently displaying the following wording: “Not a bill or advertisement. Important information about your Middle-Class Tax Refund.” For more information regarding MCTR payments, visit

“Inflated costs for everyday necessities have forced many to cut corners or make impossible choices, and pain at the pump has been compounded by the return of the commute for many Californians,” State Controller and Franchise Tax Board Chair Betty T. Yee said. “As the holidays approach, my team members are thrilled to be able to get these payments into the hands of those who have been struggling, so they can enjoy a measure of relief.” 

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