Golden State Stimulus & California Earned Income Tax Credit


​​​Golden State Stimulus​

​​​​The Golden State Stimulus has been expanded so more Californians are eligible. Now there are two different stimulus payments. You may qualify for one or both of them. For most Californians who qualify, all you have to do is file your taxes!

Golden State​ Stimulus II

On July 12, 2021, Governor Gavin New​​​​som signed Senate Bill 139 that authorized the Golden State Stimulus II, an expansion of the Golden State Stimulus designed to support more of California's low and middle-income families and individuals facing hardship due to COVID-19. You may receive the Golden State Stimulus II if you make $75,000 or less and file your 2020 tax return. This payment is different than the Golden State Stimulus I.

Please visit the Franchise Tax Board's Golden State Stimulus II Estimator Tool to find out what you may receive.

If you qualify, you only need to file your 2020 tax return to receive the Golden State Stimulus II payment.​​

Golden State Stimulus I

On February 23, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom signed ​a legislative relief package that authorized the Golden State Stimulus I ​to assist California households that have faced a disproportionate economic burden due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including those with incomes below $30,000, as well as those who did not receive federal stimulus relief.  

The Golden State Stimulus I provides $600 in one-time relief payments to households that receive the California Earned Income Tax Credit for 2020. The Golden State Stimulus also provides $600 one-time payments to taxpayers who were unable to receive federal relief payments by filing with Individual Tax Identification Numbers (ITINs). Golden State Stimulus I payments are available to households with ITINs and incomes below $75,000, and ITIN taxpayers with incomes below $30,000 who also qualify for the California Earned Income Tax Credit would receive a total of $1,200. The payments will be provided to these households shortly after they file their 2020 tax returns. This payment is different than the Golden State Stimulus II.​

If you qualify, all you have to do to receive the Golden State Stimulus I payment is to​ file your 2020 California State tax return!​

​​Check if you qualify for the Golden State Stimulus​​​

To qualify for the Golden State Stimulus II​, you must:

To qualify for the Golden State Stimulus I, you must:

  • ​​​Have filed your 2020 taxes
  • ​​​Be either:
    • ​A California Earned Income Tax Credit​ recipient
    • ​An ITIN filer who made $75,000 or less (total California Adjusted Gross Income)​
  • ​Be a California resident on the date payment is issued
  • Be 18 years or older as of the last date of the tax year
  • Not be eligible to be claimed as a dependent​

For up-to-date information about the Golden State Stimulus I and II, please visit the Franchise Tax Board's Golden State Stimulus Webpage.

​Californ​ia Earned Income Tax Credit​​

​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!

​​​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 Franchise 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 grant program in partnership with the California Franchise Tax Board that is designed to increase the number of Californians that claim CalEITC by funding education and outreach efforts throughout the state​.  ​For more information about the CalEITC+​ Education and Outreach Grant, visit CSD Contracting Opportunities​​.​



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