SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Millions of California taxpayers will get “inflation relief” tax rebate payments after lawmakers have reached an agreement on
the framework of the 2022-23 budget. The deal also suspends the state's
sales tax on diesel.
“The centerpiece of the agreement, a $17 billion inflation relief package,
will offer tax refunds to millions of working Californians," said a joint statement from Gov. Gavin Newsom, Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins
and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon on Sunday night.
The framework includes giving 23 million Californians -- a number that
includes tax filers and their dependents -- direct payments of up to
$1,050. The payments would be issued via direct deposit refunds or debit
cards to tax filers by late October, according to the Newsom
administration. The state's Franchise Tax Board estimates that all would
be issued by the end of 2022 or early next year for the state's 17.4
million tax filers who benefit.
Here's how the direct payments would work.
Taxpayers would receive either $350, $250 or $200 based on their income
level with an additional payment of the same amount if they have at least
Single filers who make less than $75,000 would get $350. Joint filers with
an income under $150,000 would receive $700. If they have at least one dependent, they will receive an additional $350.
So for example, that means a married couple earning $100,000 per year with
one child would get $1,050.
About 82% of the state's beneficiaries are in this income level.
Single filers who make $75,001 to $125,000 would get $250. Joint filers
with an income between $150,001 and $250,000 would receive $500. If they
have at least one dependent, they will receive an additional $250.
About 12% of beneficiaries are in this level.
Single filers who make $125,001 to $250,000 would get $200. Joint filers
who make between $250,001 and $500,000 would receive $400. If they have at least one dependent, they will receive an additional $200.
About 6% of beneficiaries are in this level.
Here's what else is in the deal.
Beginning on Oct. 1, the state will suspend the diesel sales tax, which is
now 23 cents per gallon, for 12 months.
"The state will provide local governments with the equivalent amount of revenue, estimated at $439 million, so that there will be no impact on
local transportation funding projects," H.D. Palmer with the Department of Finance told KCRA 3.
This comes as the last word on Friday was that a suspension of a gas tax
was off the table as Newsom and Democratic leaders refused, arguing it
would not guarantee a big enough price drop to benefit drivers.
Sunday's deal also includes additional funding to help people pay for rent
and utility bills.
The release from the governor and legislative leaders also said California would "become the first state to achieve universal access to health care coverage" but does not spell out the details.
And the framework would provide more than $200 million in additional
funding for reproductive health care services.
“This budget builds on our unprecedented commitment to transform the
resources available in our state, from a $47 billion multi-year
infrastructure and transportation package to education and health care,
showing the nation what a true pro-life agenda looks like," the joint
The deal comes as Californians have struggled with rising gas prices.
On Sunday, the state's average gallon of regular gas cost $6.321. Although
that isn't as high as the record of $6.438, which was set on June 14. And diesel prices are even higher at $6.973.
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