California Earned Income Tax Credit and Young Child Tax CreditCalEITC and YCTC
If your household earned $30,000 or less in wages or self-employment income, you could be eligible for California's new and expanded tax credit. If you didn't make enough to be required to file, you can still file ANY TIME OF YEAR to claim your refund.
What is it? The cash-back California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) is designed to put money in the pockets of low-income working people. You can use the money for anything…clothing, food, school supplies, electric bills, etc.
How do I claim the credit? Just file your California tax return. You can file free yourself online or we can help if it is during tax season. YOU CAN FILE AND CLAIM YOUR CREDIT ANY TIME OF YEAR!
I didn't know about the credit and didn't file last year. Can I still get last year's credit? If you already filed this year or think you may qualify for CalEITC in previous years, you can file an amended return up to three years back.
If you have low income and work, you may qualify for CalEITC. This credit gives you a refund or reduces your tax owed. If you qualify for CalEITC and have a child under the age of 6, you may also qualify for the Young Child Tax Credit.
Together, these state credits can put hundreds or even thousands of dollars in your pocket.
Filing your state tax return is required to claim both of these credits. Check if you qualify for CalEITC
You may qualify for CalEITC if:
You’re at least 18 years old or have a qualifying child
You have earned income within certain limits
The amount of CalEITC you may get depends on your income and family size.
Have taxable earned income
Have a valid social security number for you, your spouse, and any qualifying children
Not use “married/RDP filing separate” if married
Live in California for more than half the year
Earned income can be from:
Other employee wages subject to California withholding
WHAT YOU'LL GET
NEW in 2019!
The Young Child Tax Credit was introduced in tax year 2019. If you qualify for CalEITC and have a child under the age of 6 as of the end of the tax year, you may qualify for up to $1,000 through this credit.
NEED HELP PREPARING
Click here for a VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Preparer) or TCE (Tax Counseling for the Elderly) site near you.
WHERE AND HOW TO CLAIM YOUR CREDIT ANY TIME OF THE YEAR.
Though most free tax preparation sites are only open during tax season, there are a few open year-around in the urban areas. Call 800-500-4931 to find locations.
You can file free online yourself. It's easy.
Go to the IRS website HERE to file your federal taxes free.
Go to the California Franchise Tax Board HERE to file your state taxes and claim your CALEITC Refund.
You can file both at myfreetaxes.org, a free tax prep site provided by United Way under contract with H & R Block