State to defer checks to needy, tax refunds
John Chiang defers tax refunds
State Controller John Chiang said that if the California budget deficit is not resolved, beginning Feb. 1, his office will defer tax refund checks as well as payments to recipients of Social Security Insurance (SSI), the State Supplement Program (SSP) (aged, blind and disabled), grants for college and other programs and individuals.
According to a spokesperson for the Controller’s office, the federal government has tentatively agreed to cover the full cost of payments such as SSI and SSP.
Among those payments not expected to be impacted by the deferrals are schools, debt service, General Relief because they either have constitutional protections such as schools or are programs operated by other entities such as General Relief.
As he promised State Controller John Chiang is delaying a number of state payments in February including personal, bank and corporate tax refunds, student grants and social services.
These payments, which are being held for 30 days, are typically not made directly to recipients but are sent to the various state and federal government agencies that administer the programs.
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It was either do-it-yourself effort or get a little help from family and/or friends. As Black communities continued to mature, they followed the example of Whites and began to create mutual aid or benevolent societies. In their early years, these groups provided members with opportunities and protections in a racially hostile environment.
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BELL - The Los Angeles County Auditor-Controller said today that Bell residents would not get property tax refunds because of overpayments until Bell sends the county $2.9 million, which it is not required to do before Dec. 31.
Wendy Watanabe, the county's auditor-controller, said she wanted to address news media reports "suggesting that Los Angeles County could start issuing refunds 'within the week.'"
Watanabe's office has already gotten calls from Bell property taxpayers asking for refunds.