For families who may need additional financial assistance, the
California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) is a refundable, cash back credit for qualified low-to-moderate income working Californians.
If you qualify for CalEITC and have a child under the age of 6, you may also qualify for the
Young Child Tax Credit (YCTC). Together, these state credits can put hundreds or even thousands of dollars in your pocket.
New in 2021, California will provide one-time relief payments as part of the
Golden State Stimulus to families and individuals who qualify. All you must do is file your taxes.
Also new in 2021, filers who use an Independent Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)—primarily undocumented workers—are eligible for these state credits.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs offer
free tax filing help in many different languages.
Federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) helps low-to-moderate income workers and families get a tax break. Those who qualify can use the credit to reduce taxes owed or possibly increase a refund.