Here is my 3rd post on the payments California issued to probably over 90% of Californians per AB 192 (2022) (1/29/23 + 7/10/22). And others have blogged on it as well. On February 3, Procedurally Taxing had a post from Bob Kammen asking why the IRS hasn’t issued guidance. Bob also makes a comment about the high income range of Californians getting AB 192 “relief” payments, with what I think is sarcasm – that $250,000 of income for single or $500,000 if married is “middle class.”
My first post last July raised the issue that some very low income individuals without a filing obligation get no payment if they had not filed a 2020 return by 10/15/21 as required by AB 192 which was enacted in June 2022!
Why would the state provide “relief” to people with income high enough to not need relief while leaving out those who do?
The IRS stated last week that it will try to get guidance out on the taxability of various state payments issued recently. If they can address the California so-called Middle Class Tax Refund (a term used by the FTB), as AB 192 uses the term Better for Families Tax Refund (although AB 192 includes a specific statement that the payments are not income tax refunds). The IRS can clarify to ensure consistent treatment by recipients, although only those who received $600 or more received a 1099-MISC from the FTB.
Some additional observations from me:
AB 192 Has Some Oddities, Such As:
1. It adds section 8161(d) to the Welfare & Institutions Code to say: “The payment authorized by this section shall not be a refund of overpayment of income taxes”. This is likely why FTB is issuing 1099-MISC for payments issued in excess of $600 rather than 1099-G for income tax refunds of $10 or more.