California Earned Income Tax Credit

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Put money back in your pocket.

​You may qualify for cash-back tax credits and a bigger refund when you file your taxes. File early to put money in your pocket sooner!

​​​New! ITIN filers are now eligible!

The California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) is a refundable cash back tax credit for qualified low-to-moderate income Californians.

In 2021, more hard-working individuals and families are eligible than ever, including Californians that file their taxes with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). When combined with the federal EITC and the Young Child Tax Credit, the expanded CalEITC can put hundreds or even thousands of extra dollars in your pocket just by filing your taxes.

EITC is widely recognized as one of the nation's most powerful resources for lifting low-income people out of poverty. In 2015, California established the first-ever CalEITC to extend a supplemental cash back credit to the poorest working families in the state. In 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom expanded CalEITC to further assist families facing poverty by raising the investment to more than $1 billion in refunds, and by introducing the Young Child Tax Credit (YCTC) to provide qualifying families with children under the age of six​ an additional $1,000. 

More information about CalEITC and how to claim this cash back tax credit can be found through the Fran​chise Tax Board.

​​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
You must:
  • Have taxable earned income
  • Have a valid social security number or individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) 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:
  • W-2 wages
  • Self-employment
  • Salaries, tips
  • Other employee wages subject to California withholding​

E​​​ITC Calculator​

Find out how much you could get back by using the Franchise Tax Board's EITC calculator, available in 6 languages.

Free Tax Preparation Services

Whether required to file taxes or not, Californians must file their tax returns to qualify for CalEITC. To help you keep every cent of your cash back CalEITC, local community-based organizations are here to help with no-cost IRS certified tax preparation services. Search for the no-cost tax preparation site near you by visiting the​ Franchise Tax Board's Free Tax Help ​We​bpa​ge​.

​CalEITC Education & Outreach Grant Program

​CSD currently administers a program in partnership with the California Franchise Tax Board that is designed to increase the number of Californians that claim CalEITC through grants that fund CalEITC education and outreach efforts.  ​For more information about the CalEITC Education and Outreach Grant, visit CSD C​​ontracting Opportunities. ​ ​



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