Earned Income Tax Credit

CalEITC

Eligibility

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) eligibility criteria:

  • Earned income within certain limits (see chart below), AND
  • You, your spouse, and any qualifying children each have a social security number (SSN), AND
  • You do not use the “married/RDP filing separate” filing status, AND
  • You lived in California for more than half the tax year, AND
  • You are age 18 or older at the end of the tax year

Review the chart below to see if you may be eligible and how much you may qualify for when filing your 2020 tax return.


Number of Children /

Maximum Income /

Cal EITC /

Federal EITC /

YCTC* /

None

$30,000

$243

$538

$0

1

$30,000

$1,626

$3,584

$1,000

2

$30,000

$2,691

$5,920

$1,000

3 or more

$30,000

$3,027

$6,660

$1,000


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CalEITC is a cash back tax credit that puts money back into the pockets of California's working families and individuals, available for the first time in 2016. The CalEITC could boost income for an estimated 600,000 eligible families. You must file a tax return in order to receive this cash back tax credit. You can file your taxes for free in person through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program or online.

All information regarding CalEITC is available at the website listed, including helpful materials available for print, to help you understand the EITC to get the most money back this tax season.

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