The Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC), both federal EITC and state CalEITC, are cash-back tax credits for low-income working families and individuals, particularly those with children, to help them better afford fundamental necessities. Eligibility for both the federal and state CalEITC is based on your earned income. The EITC is one of the most effective tools in America to lift families out of poverty.
California joined 24 other states and the District of Columbia to adopt a state EITC to supplement the federal EITC. For tax year 2019, families and individuals who earned wages or self-employment income up to $30,000 may qualify for CalEITC.
If your wages are more than $30,000, you may still be eligible for the federal EITC. If you qualify for CalEITC and have a child under the age of 6, you may be eligible for the new Young Child Tax Credit (YCTC).
Who is Eligible for CalEITC?
Californians who have never claimed the EITC
Individuals and families whose income does not require them to file taxes
Families with children age six and under
Workers with incomes up to $30,000 whether you have dependents or not
Seniors ages 65+
Young adults ages 18-24
FREE Tax Preparation!
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Avoid a Tax Penalty
Effective January 1, 2020, California residents must maintain minimum essential health care coverage for themselves and their dependents. While you may not have to a penalty for not having minimum essential health care coverage in 2019, you may have to pay a penalty when filing your 2020 tax return unless you obtain minimum essential health care coverage soon.
Subsidies are available through Covered California.