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What is the California Earned   Income Tax Credit (CalEITC)?

  • CalEITC is a cash back tax credit that puts money back into the pockets of California’s working families and individuals.
  • In its first year, CalEITC boosted the income of about 385,000 families, who shared almost $200 million from the cash-back credit.
  • In 2018, more than 1.4 million people claimed the credit, totaling nearly $400 million.

 Am I eligible?

You may be eligible for the CalEITC if:

  • You have earned incomewithin certain limits (see chart below), AND
  • You, your spouse, and any qualifying childreneach 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
  • You must be 18 or older at the end of the tax year

Note: Young Child Tax Credit under the CalEITC is applied if you have a child or children under age 6 at the time of filing for taxes. Maximum credit is up to $1,000.

Review the chart below to see if you may be eligible and how much you may qualify for when filing your 2019 tax return.

Number of Children Maximum Income CalEITC* Federal EITC*
None $16,750 $232 $519
1 $24,950 $1,554 $3,461
2 $24,950 $2,559 $5,716
3 or more $24,950 $2,879 $6,431

*Up to

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