CSD & Statewide Partners Spread the Word about Importance of Claiming CalEITC
It’s Your Money - Get It!

Today, the California Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) joins Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., and a coalition of state agencies and non-profits in recognizing California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) Awareness Week, a statewide campaign to increase awareness about the state and federal EITC for low-to-moderate income workers.

“CalEITC is an effective tax credit built to address the needs of hard-working Californians who struggle with deep poverty,” said CSD Director Linné Stout. “CSD and our partners are leading efforts to reach workers at risk for overlooking this important cash back credit.”

Increasing awareness about CalEITC can help ensure low-wage Californians receive their CalEITC refund to help pay bills, rent, groceries, or other important expenses. Californians can visit CalEITC4Me.org to learn more about eligibility, calculate cash back tax credits, and find local free tax preparation services.

CSD is facilitating statewide outreach and education efforts to target those who may be eligible for CalEITC but not claim it, such as individuals and families:

  • Without children
  • With limited English skills
  • Living in rural areas
  • With earnings below the state filing requirement and unfamiliar with the filing process

CalEITC Compliments Federal EITC

In 2016, nearly 400,000 Californian workers claimed approximately $200 million in CalEITC refunds, receiving an average benefit of $519. The amount of cash back tax credits working individuals and families qualify for under the state EITC depends on income and family size. Under CalEITC, families earning up to $14,161 may qualify. Additionally, Californians with up to a maximum income of $53,505 may receive cash back by also claiming the federal EITC on their tax return. By claiming both credits on their 2016 tax returns, working Californians can qualify to receive up to $6,000 with the two credits.

Statewide Efforts Target Areas with Highest Proportion of Eligible Californians

On February 21, 2017, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued a proclamation to recognize the importance of CalEITC and to encourage Californians to spread the word about this underutilized resource. 

A CalEITC Awareness Week Partner Tool Kit, featuring sample social media posts and flyers, is available here to help anyone spread the word about CalEITC. Individuals interested in finding out how much EITC money they could get back, can text MONEY to (760) 970-8396, or DINERO to (760) 970-8396 for a Spanish language response. Message and data rates may apply.

To reach more eligible Californians, the 2016-2017 California State Budget Act allocated $2 million to the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) to support education and outreach activities to promote CalEITC to eligible families and individuals. FTB has partnered with CSD to award grants for community-based outreach efforts to reach low-income individuals and families living in poverty.

Working with established organizations that have community presence and trusted relationships, CSD is facilitating outreach efforts on a statewide level, and has targeted ten counties identified as having the highest proportion of eligible California residents not claiming EITC, along with rural areas.

CSD has partnered with the following non-profits to promote CalEITC:

Statewide: Golden State Opportunity Foundation (CalEITC4Me)

Statewide: United Ways of California

Rural Counties: Amador Tuolumne Community Action Agency
Rural Counties are counties identified as having a general population of less than 100,000 as defined by the California State Association of Counties.

Alameda County: United Way of the Bay Area

Fresno County: United Way of Fresno and Madera Counties

Los Angeles County: Koreatown Youth and Community Center

Los Angeles County: Youth Policy Institute

Orange County: Orange County United Way

Riverside County: Golden State Opportunity Foundation (CalEITC4Me)

Sacramento County: United Way California Capital Region

San Bernardino County: Golden State Opportunity Foundation (CalEITC4Me)

San Diego County: United Way of San Diego County

San Diego County: INFO LINE of San Diego (DBA 2-1-1 San Diego)

San Francisco County: United Way of the Bay Area

Santa Clara County: United Way of the Bay Area