Eligible families must file their tax returns in order to claim EITC – a benefit for working people who have low to moderate income. A tax credit means more money in your pocket. It reduces the amount of tax you owe and may also give you a refund. Families may receive hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of dollars between these two credits!
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What would you do with an extra $6,000?
The expanded California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) is modeled after a federal credit that also gives back money to working families.
The amount of the cash-back tax credit depends on your income and your family size. You may qualify for the expanded CalEITC if you earn $22,300 or less, including W-2 wages and self-employment income. The number of qualifying children you support also impacts your credit amount.
You may be eligible for the federal EITC if you have income of $54,000 or less.
Children in families receiving the tax credits do better in school, are likelier to attend college and can be expected to earn more as adults.
For more information visit CalEITC4Me.org where you can:
- Get more information about qualifying child requirements
- Use the credit calculator to find out how much your cash-back tax credits are worth
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Schedule an appointment with an IRS-certified volunteer tax preparer at your local VITA site who can work directly with you to file your 2017 Federal and California state income tax returns. Services are available in multiple languages, including but not limited to English, Spanish, Korean and Vietnamese.
- For a complete list of tax filing locations, phone numbers, and filing requirements Download the Free Tax Prep flyer.