California Earned Income Credit CA EITC Information (CalEITC)

It is possible that you are eligible for the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) and do not know it. If you do not have dependents and are between 25 and 65 years of age, you must earn less than $6,580 per year to be eligible. If you have one or two dependants, you can earn up to $13,870 and still be eligible.

What is the CalEITC?

If you want to claim your EITC, you must file your tax returns. The federal EITC lowers the amount of federal taxes you may owe so by claiming the federal EITC, if you owe federal taxes, the amount could be less than you think- thanks to the EITC. Information about 2017 Earned Income Tax Credit.

What is the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) for 2015 taxes?

The CalEITC is a tax credit that puts money back into the pocket of individuals and families in California, and that is available for the first time this year. CalEITC credit could increase income of approximately 600,000 families who are eligible to receive it. Governor Jerry Brown and the Legislature created the first-ever California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC). California joins 24 other states and the District of Columbia in adopting a state EITC to supplement the federal EITC.

Who is Eligible for the CalEITC in 2016?

You may be eligible for the CalEITC if:

  • You have earned income within certain limits (see chart below), AND
  • You, your spouse, and any qualifying children each 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

Review the chart below to see if you may be eligible and how much you may qualify for.

Number of Children Maximum Income CalEITC* Federal EITC*
None $6,850 $214 $496
1 $9,880 $1,428 $3,305
2 $13,870 $2,358 $5,460
3 or more $13,870 $2,653 $6,143

*Up to of CalEITC

Use our EITC Calculator for more exact results by clicking here and learning more about the CalEITC

 

How will the CalEITC and the federal EITC work together?

Federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC): A cash back tax credit that puts money back in the pockets of the nation’s working families and individuals with incomes of less than $14,820 (with no dependents) and up to $53,267 (for those with three or more dependents).

How does CalEITC Work?

Both credits put money back into the pocket of individuals and the working families of California, but some of the eligibility requirements are different.
Both credits will be available this fiscal year. Californians who are eligible for the credit CalEITC probably will be also eligible for the federal EITC. This will significantly increase the income of individuals and eligible families Is it not eligible for the credit CalEITC? See the requirements for the federal EITC.

More Information about CalEITC

CalFile: A simple, easy-to-use service that offers free, direct to government e-filing of your California return. To use CalFile, you must have been a California resident for the whole year.

CalEITC4Me: A statewide campaign dedicated to raising awareness about the benefits of the Earned Income Tax Credit for working families and all Californians. Learn more at CalEITC4Me.org.

California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC): A new cash back tax credit that puts money back in the pockets of California’s working families and individuals with incomes of less than $6,580 (with no dependents) and up to $13,870 (for those with two or more dependents), available for the first time this tax season. Through this statewide collaboration, our goal is to target and engage as many eligible individuals and families as possible to file their taxes and claim the CalEITC, in addition to the federal EITC. While putting money back into the pocket of California’s working families, we will also showcase to the Governor and the Legislature the success and impact of this program for California’s working families, leaving no questions about the significance of the CalEITC.

 

CalEITC and other Benefits

Based on your age and if you have dependents. If you are 65 or younger by the end of 2015, do not have any dependents and met the income requirements, you are eligible. If you have dependents and meet the income requirements, your age is not a factor in eligibility. See questions one and two for eligibility facts.