The Department of Community Services and Development encourages Californians earning under $30,000 a year to file their taxes to receive the Golden State Stimulus and claim the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC), a cash-back tax credit, and receive a larger tax refund.
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The Golden State Stimulus was authorized by Governor Gavin Newsom on February 23, 2021, to provide:
To qualify, you must:
The state and federal Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) are cash back tax refunds for working Californians. In 2021, more individuals and families are eligible for the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) than ever, including Californians that file their taxes with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). Over $1 billion in refunds are available for hard-working Californians earning under $30,000 a year! When combined with the federal EITC, the expanded CalEITC can put hundreds or even thousands of extra dollars in your pocket just by filing your taxes. That's money you can use for rent, utilities, groceries, and other important expenses. And, if you qualify for CalEITC and have children under the age six, you could receive $1,000 from the Young Child Tax Credit. Visit ftb.ca.gov/caleitc to learn more!
The amount of cash back tax credits you qualify for depends on your income and your family size. You may qualify for the state and federal EITC and not even know it! Under CalEITC, individuals and families earning less than $30,000 may qualify for a cash back tax credit. Find out how much you could get back by using the Franchise Tax Board's EITC calculator, available in 6 languages.
To get your cash back tax credits, simply file your 2020 state and federal tax returns. Don't pay to have your taxes prepared for you! Get free tax help at a location near you by visiting the Franchise Tax Board's Free Tax Help Webpage and a volunteer IRS certified tax preparer can help you keep all of your EITC and CalEITC cash back tax credits.