It's Your Money, Get It
A cash-back state tax credit aimed at helping working families has been expanded, and free help is available in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties to help eligible residents file their tax returns and receive their refund.
The California Earned Income Tax Credit, or CalEITC, has been expanded, and that means an additional 1.1 million families in California may qualify and use this cash to pay bills, start a savings account, put food on the table, or cover basic needs for their kids. All qualified families need to do to receive the CalEITC and a companion federal EITC is file their tax returns.
With the CalEITC expansion, anyone earning about $22,300 or less may qualify. That is roughly what people earn making minimum wage. For the federal EITC, those earning less than $54,000 may qualify.
With the CalEITC expansion, Californians can use self-employment income and/or W-2 income to qualify.
CalEITC, which I supported when it was created, has already helped working families all around California. In 2016, 5,967 Ventura County families shared a total of $2,913,865 worth of CalEITC. In Santa Barbara County, 3,626 families shared a total of $2,011,260. Learn more about CalEITC.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites all around the state offer free tax return preparation to those who earn $54,000 or less. IRS-certified volunteers are trained to help eligible taxpayers to claim CalEITC and the federal EITC.
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Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson
State Senator, 19th Senate District