California Governor Gavin Newsom pays $480 million in $600 payouts to households making less than $75,000.

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GOVERNOR Gavin Newsom signed off on a whopping $480million in stimulus checks to Californians, who started to receive the next round of $600 payments this week.

After this week, the state will have issued $2.33billion in pandemic-related aid, including these payments from the newest round of Governor Newsom’s Golden State Stimulus program.

The first batch of mail checks was sent out on October 5 in a much-needed boost to those struggling financially from the Covid pandemic.

Previous payments in September and August were sent via direct deposit.

Around two-thirds of residents are eligible to claim the cash, which is being sent to Californians who earn less than $75,000 annually.

About 330,000 of the payments will be delivered by direct deposit, while around 375,000 will go out as paper checks.

In total, approximately 375,000 paper checks will be issued in the coming weeks, according to Andrew LePage, a representative with the state’s tax agency.

LePage warned that it could take up to three weeks for the check to arrive after it is mailed, but recipients who signed up for direct deposit should see the payment post to their account by October 15.

While most are expected to receive a $600 check, families with eligible dependents will receive up to $1,100.

But, those who filed their tax returns after August 20 are likely to face a wait of around 45 days so their check can be processed.

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The date when residents can expect to receive the cash depends on the last three digits of their zip code.

To track their payments or find out more information, California residents can log into their account on the MyFTB website where they will be able to talk to a representative.

The portal gives residents access to tax account information and online services.

Tax-related queries can also be directed to the Franchise Tax Board, Monday-Friday 8am-5pm PST, by calling 800-852-5711.

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