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Did you know California has a tax credit for working families and individuals? It’s called
the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) and it is modeled after the federal
credit. It is now better!
What is new?
o Higher income limits. A parent with an income of $24,950 or less may benefit
from the credit if they have one or more qualifying children. That means a parent
working full-time at the state minimum wage of roughly $12 per hour could
o More working Californians will benefit from this credit. Adults ages 18-24
without dependents, and older adults ages 65+ without dependents will also be
eligible for this credit for the first time in tax year 2018.
o Work for yourself? You qualify too. Even if you earned income from selfemployment,
you may qualify for the credit. Both 1099 filers and cash earners
It's your money, Get it!
With the combined federal and state credits eligible families can get up to $6,000 back
after filing their taxes. What would you do with an extra $6,000 dollars? The average
combined refund for both credits combined is $3,000. To get your cash back, simply file
your state and federal tax returns for FREE. Search for a free tax preparation site, with
IRS-certified tax preparers, or file online for free here.
Last year, over 11,418 working families in Sonoma County alone benefited from the California Earned,
Income Tax Credit, claiming over 2.3 million dollars. About 2 million Californians may be
eligible for CalEITC during tax season 2019.
Did you know?
• Did you know? If you are a working individual and didn’t file taxes because you made
less than the required income threshold, you can still claim the credit up to three years
back? You must file a tax return in order to claim the credit.
• Did you know that you don’t have to spend a dime to get assistance on your tax return
from trained, IRS certified counselors? Contact your local United Way or visit
http://www.myfreetaxes.org/ to schedule an appointment or file online for free.
• In addition to the federal Earned Income Tax Credit, the state Earned Income Tax
Credit (CalEITC) is also available for families and individuals in California. Becoming law
in 2015 and expanded most recently in 2018, California’s EITC is available for
households with adjusted gross incomes of less than $15,008 if there are no qualifying
children, less than $24,950 if there is one or more qualifying children. California EITC
requires earned income reported on a W-2 form, such as wages, salaries, and tips, and
self-employment income (such as 1099 and cash-earnings).