Earned Income Tax Credit

A number of state and federal tax credits exist for working families and individuals to help reduce their tax bill or boost their refund. Make sure you are aware of these resources to make this tax season more enjoyable.

California Earned Income Tax Credit

The California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) offers a cash-back credit designed to put money back in the pockets of our working low-income families and individuals with either a Social Security number or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). Eligible recipients just need to file a state tax return to receive up to $3,160.

In order to qualify for CalEITC:

  • You must be at least 18 years old or having a qualifying child.
  • You must have earned income of less than $30,000.

Young Child Tax Credit

If you qualify for CalEITC and have a child under the age of six, you may also qualify for an additional tax credit up to $1,000 through the Young Child Tax Credit.

Federal EITC

The Federal EITC is a similar cash-back tax credit aimed at putting money back in the pockets of low-to-moderate income families and individuals. You must have a Social Security number to qualify for up to $6,728. You can claim this credit regardless of whether you file single or jointly.

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