On February 17, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom reached an agreement on a package of immediate actions that will speed needed relief to individuals, families and businesses facing significant economic hardship from the COVID-19 Recession. The items detailed below are a part of the Immediate Action Agreement. Please note that many details on how these resources will be rolled out are still being developed.

Immediate Action Agreement

Immediate Relief for Small Businesses Quadrupled
  • The agreement conforms California tax law to new federal tax treatment for loans provided through the Paycheck Protection Plan, allowing companies to deduct up to $150,000 in expenses covered by the PPP loan. All businesses that took out loans of $150,000 or less would be able to maximize their deduction for state purposes. Larger firms that took out higher loans would still be subject to the same ceiling of $150,000 in deductibility.
  • The agreement provides up to 25K for small businesses. (Details are still forthcoming).
Direct Relief to Individuals and Families
  • For those earning less than 30K a year a $600 stimulus check will be given after 2020 taxes have been filed.
  • A $600 one-time payment will be given to taxpayers with Individual Tax Identification Numbers (ITINs) who were precluded from receiving the $1,200 per person federal payments issues last spring and the more recent $600 federal payments. The agreement would provide the $600 payments to households with ITINs and income below $75,000.
  • A $600 one-time grant will be given to households enrolled in the CalWORKS program and recipients of SSI/SSP and Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI).
Fee Waivers for Most Impacted Licensees
  • The agreement provides for two years of fee license fee relief for those seeking renewal through the state’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
  • The agreement also reflects fee relief for individuals and businesses (barbering and cosmetology) licensed through the Department of Consumer Affairs.
More Resources for Critical Child Care
  • The agreement will provide stipends of $525 per enrolled child for all state-subsidized child care and preschool providers. The new federal resources will extend care for children of essential workers through June of 2022, and funds increased access to subsidized child care-who are not currently served in the system – through June of 2022.
Additional aid for individuals and families can be found in the full press release HERE.
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