The tax “refund” for the middle-class that California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) issued to the majority of families in the state just before he was reelected last year has yet to be redeemed — or received — by one million eligible Californians.
According to The San Francisco Chronicle:
Approximately six months after California started giving “Middle-Class Tax Refunds,” over 1 million families that were expected to get their payment with prepaid debit cards still haven’t activated them. You wouldn’t think it would be this difficult to distribute money.
Prior to using the cards for cash withdrawals or purchases, recipients had to activate them by calling Money Network Financial, the state’s debit card provider, and completing a few requirements.
People report a variety of excuses for not collecting their money, such as issues with the mail, trouble contacting the call center for assistance, and widespread public mistrust that the “refund” is a hoax.
The “refunds” are not genuine tax refunds, as Breitbart News has documented, and the IRS may assess taxes on them. They have furthermore been the target of theft schemes:
“In order to assist citizens to pay for pricey petrol and other items, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), who was up for reelection at the time, announced that his administration would be distributing ‘inflation relief’ cheques to households in the form of EBT cards.”
“Conveniently, the refunds started showing up in people’s mailboxes just before the election. A special EBT card filled with refunds of up to $1,050 per family was sent to many people in letters.”
“However, many people are finding the monies have already been removed from their accounts when they attempt to access the funds, which really are not technically refunds and had to be individually authorized by the legislature.”
For individuals who wish to apply for the money and think they might be qualified, The Chronicle has given advice.