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Activate your California Middle Class Tax Refund Card

Ready to start using your Card? Simply follow the steps below to access your California inflation relief money.

Learn how to use your Middle Class Tax Refund Card

Transfer funds, get cash or obtain a replacement.

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Note: Eligible California residents will only receive one Card

Get Started

1 Activate your card

2 Use your Card²

  • Shop anywhere Visa® Debit Cards are accepted: in-store, online or by phone³
  • Get cash back at the register when making PIN debit purchases at participating merchants
  • Find a surcharge-free in-network ATM where you can get cash
  • Learn more about how and where to use your California Middle Class Tax Refund Debit Card in the help center

3 Get your balance

More about the California Middle Class Tax Refund payment

You must be a California resident on the date this payment is issued and for six months or more of the 2020 tax year and have filed your 2020 tax return by October 15, 2021. Visit the eligibility information section on the Franchise Tax Board website for more.

The Middle Class Tax Refund payment is based on California adjusted gross income brackets. Check the Payment Estimator to understand how much you received. Use the estimator on the Franchise Tax Board website to get your estimate.

Those who qualify will receive either a direct deposit payment or a payment by debit card. Visit the payment section on the Franchise Tax Board website for more information.

  1. 1Card must be activated by primary cardholder.

  2. 2Certain fees may be associated with the use of some transactions or services. Please see your Cardholder Agreement and Fee Schedule for more information.

  3. 3Standard message and data rates apply.

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