California’s Earned Income Tax Credit—Know It, Earn It and Get It

California’s Earned Income Tax Credit—Know It, Earn It and Get It

S. E. Williams


CalEITC4Me is moving full-speed ahead to assure all eligible citizens have a memorable and successful inaugural experience when they participate in California’s newly implemented Earned Income Tax Credit.

“Governor Brown’s ongoing support for a state earned income tax credit is good for families, communities and our economy,” said Joseph N. Sanberg, Chairman of CalEITC4Me, a public-private partnership working to spread awareness of the new tax credit.

Commenting about the Governor’s recently announced 2016-17 budget proposal Sandberg continued, “The credit not only benefits the individuals and families who are eligible, it puts hundreds of millions of dollars into local economies across California.”

It is called the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) because it is designed to assist those who work so hard every day to earn a better life for themselves and their families. The first qualification to be eligible for the credit is work. The CalEITC will put real money back into the hands of California’s working individuals and families.

The tax credit is available to all Californians who work and meet the pre-determined income limits. Although most filers may qualify for both state and federal earned income tax credits, those with only a 1099 do not qualify for CalEITC although they may be eligible for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit.

CalEITC eligibility for an individual without children is based on a maximum annual income of no more than $6,850; for an individual with one child, the maximum income is $9,880; for two or more children, $13,870. Your eligibility also depends on your filing status. Check your eligibility status on line at

“The boost in income provided by the credit means our state’s lowest-paid workers have more to put toward necessities like rent, child care, food for young children, and transportation to work,” Sanberg said. “It’s a tremendous opportunity to improve the lives of over 600,000 hard-working Californians and their families.”

For the hundreds of thousands of Californians who qualify for the credit, claiming it is easy. All they have to do is file 2015 state and federal income tax returns to receive both the state and federal cash-back incentives as appropriate.

The state is currently accepting 2015 tax returns; however, the Internal Revenue Service will not begin accepting electronic federal returns until January 19.

Those who qualify for CalEITC can file their taxes in person for free through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. VITA locations will be opening in neighborhoods around the state, starting February 1. To learn more about how to locate a VITA center near you, visit Readers can also file online at

For the latest information and resources on the EITC, visit,, or

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