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Did you know California has a tax credit for working families and individuals? It’s called the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) and it is modeled after the federal credit. It is now better! What is new?
Higher income limits. A parent with an income of $24,950 or less may benefit from the credit if they have one or more qualifying children. That means a parent working full-time at the state minimum wage of roughly $12 per hour could qualify.
More working Californians will benefit from this credit. Adults ages 18-24 without dependents, and older adults ages 65+ without dependents will also be eligible for this credit for the first time in tax year 2018.
Work for yourself? You qualify too. Even if you earned income from self-employment, you may qualify for the credit. Both 1099 filers and cash earners qualify.
Last year, over 450 working families in San Luis Obispo County benefited from the California Earned Income Tax Credit, claiming over $217,968. About 2 million Californians may be eligible for CalEITC during tax season 2019.
Did you know? If you are a working individual and didn’t file taxes because you made less than the required income threshold, you can still claim the credit up to three years back? You must file a tax return in order to claim the credit.
Did you know that you don’t have to spend a dime to get assistance on your tax return from trained, IRS certified counselors by visiting one of our VITA sites (see below)?
In addition to the federal Earned Income Tax Credit, the state Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) is also available for families and individuals in California. Becoming law in 2015 and expanded most recently in 2018, California’s EITC is available for households with adjusted gross incomes of less than $15,008 if there are no qualifying children, less than $24,950 if there are one or more qualifying children. California EITC requires earned income reported on a W-2 form, such as wages, salaries, and tips, and self-employment income (such as 1099 and cash-earnings)
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Check out this video from CA Franchise Tax Board for info on CalEITC:
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