CSD Recognizes California Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day,
Encourages Working Californians to Claim EITC

It’s Your Money! Get It!

The California Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) and its local Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) partners today join in recognizing California Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day. For the first time, California is offering its own Earned Income Tax Credit to complement the federal EITC, meaning working Californians can qualify to receive up to $6,000 with the two credits.

“By simply filing their taxes and claiming EITC, hard-working Californians struggling to make ends meet can put hundreds, even thousands, in their pockets,” said CSD Director Linné Stout. “CSD and our local CSBG partners are committed to increase awareness of EITC and the availability of free tax preparation services so Californians can keep every cent of their EITC refund to help pay bills, rent, groceries, or other important expenses.”

The amount of cash back tax credits working individuals and families qualify for under the state and federal EITC depends on income and family size. Under the new California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC), families earning up to $13,870 may qualify. And, families with up to a maximum income of $53,267 may receive cash back by claiming the federal EITC on their tax return. However, Californians must file their 2015 taxes to claim the credit! Visit CalEITC4Me.org to learn more about eligibility, calculate cash back tax credits, and find local free tax preparation services.

CSD has made increasing uptake of EITC in California a priority. To this end, in 2015 the Department commissioned an update to the “Left on the Table” report that identified $1.8 billion in federal EITC refunds that are left unclaimed by those Californians who most need it. Increasing awareness and claims of EITC can return these federal dollars to the State, boosting the economy. As part of this effort, CSD is running Public Service Announcements (PSA) for the third straight year across the State promoting EITC. These PSAs are also being targeted towards counties identified by the “Left on the Table” report as having a high share of eligible individuals not currently claiming the credit.

This year, 42 local CSBG agencies and IRS trained income tax volunteers are partnering to open 108 local free tax preparation centers statewide. Eligible individuals earning less than $54,000 can qualify for free tax preparation. Californians can get more information by visiting CalEITC4Me.org for a complete listing of all free tax preparation service centers in California or by contacting one of the CSBG agencies offering free tax preparation services listed below:

Alameda County: Alameda County-Oakland Community Action Partnership

Partnering with 2-1-1 Alameda
For more information call 2-1-1, email info@edenir.org, or visit www.edenir.org/211Home.htm.

Alameda County: Berkeley Community Action Agency
For more information call (510) 981-5428, email wywong@cityofberkeley.info, or visit www.cityofberkeley.info.

Alameda County: Economic Opportunity Council of San Francisco
For more information call (510) 238-2410, email earnitkeepitsaveit@uwba.org, or visit www.earnitkeepitsaveit.org.

Amador County: Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency
For more information call (209) 223-1485 (Amador) or (209) 533-1397 (Tuolumne), email daventi@atcaa.org or szubair@atcaa.org or visit www.atcaa.org.

Butte County: Community Action Agency of Butte County, Inc.
For more information call (530) 712-2881, email clasik@buttecaa.com, or visit www.buttecaa.com.

Colusa County: Glenn County Human Resource Agency
Partnering with Colusa, Glenn, Trinity Community Action Partnership
For more information call (530) 865-6129, or visit www.cgtcap.org.

Contra Costa County: Contra Costa County Employment & Human Services Department, Community Services Bureau

Partnering with Brighter Beginnings
For more information call (925) 681-6308, email nsparks@ehsd.cccounty.us, or visit www.ehsd.org.

Del Norte County: Del Norte Senior Center
Partnering with AARP Senior Tax-Aide Volunteer Tax Preparation Services Program
For more information call (707) 464-3069, email info@dnsc1.org, or visit www.delnorteseniorcenter.org.

Del Norte County: Redwood Community Action Agency
For more information call (707) 269-2052, email lkeele@rcaa.org, or visit www.rcaa.org.

El Dorado County: El Dorado County Health & Human Services Agency
Partnering with AARP Senior Tax-Aide Volunteer Tax Preparation Services Program
For more information call (530) 621-6150, email michelle.hunter@edcgov.us, or visit http://www.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide/.

Glenn County: Glenn County Human Resource Agency
Partnering with Colusa, Glenn, Trinity Community Action Partnership
For more information call (530) 865-6129, or visit www.cgtcap.org.

Humboldt County: Redwood Community Action Agency
For more information call (707) 269-2052, email lkeele@rcaa.org, or visit www.rcaa.org.

Imperial County: Campesinos Unidos, Inc.
For more information call (760) 370-5100, email cuicsbg@brawleyonline.com, or visit www.campesinosunidos.org.

Imperial County: Center for Employment Training
For more information call (408) 534-5413, email pdo@cet2000.org, or visit http://cetweb.org/.

Inyo County: Inyo Mono Advocates for Community Action, Inc.

Partnering with AARP Volunteer Tax-Aide Program
For more information call 1(888) 687-2277, search www.aarp.org/applications/VMISLocator/searchTaxAideLocations.action, or visit www.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide/.

Kern County: Community Action Partnership of Kern
For more information call 2-1-1 or (661) 834-1724, email vita@capk.org, or visit www.capk.org.

Kings County: Community Services Employment Training, Inc.
For more information call (559) 732-4194, email albert.cendejas@cset.org, or visit www.cset.org.

Kings County: Kings Community Action Organization, Inc.

For more information call (559) 904-8854, email sperico@kcao.org, or visit www.kcao.org.

Lake County: North Coast Opportunities

Partnering with United Way of the Wine Country, First 5 Mendocino, Mendocino College, and Mendo Lake Credit Union
For more information call (707) 467-3236, email renberg@ncoinc.org, or visit www.ncoinc.org.

Los Angeles County: City of Los Angeles, Community Development Department
Partnering with FamilySource Centers
For more information call (866) 557-7368, TTY (213) 473-3231, email hcidla.contact@lacity.org, or visit http://hcidla.lacity.org/family-source-centers.

Los Angeles County: Foothill Unity Center, Inc.
For more information call (626) 584-7420, email jen@foothillunitycenter.org, or visit www.foothillunitycenter.org.

Los Angeles County: Long Beach Community Action Partnership

For more information call (562) 216-4600, email cfernandez@lbcap.org, or visit www.lbcap.org.

Madera County: Community Action Partnership of Madera County, Inc.

Partnering with United Way of Fresno-Madera
For more information call (559) 673-9173, email www.maderacap.org/TextPages/contact_us.aspx, or visit www.maderacap.org.

Marin County: Community Action Marin
For more information call (415) 526-7500, email cam@camarin.org, or visit www.camarin.org.

Mendocino County: North Coast Opportunities

Partnering with United Way of the Wine Country, First 5 Mendocino, Mendocino College, and Mendo Lake Credit Union
For more information call (707) 467-3236, email renberg@ncoinc.org, or visit www.ncoinc.org.

Mono County: Inyo Mono Advocates for Community Action, Inc.

Partnering with AARP Volunteer Tax-Aide Program
For more information call 1(888) 687-2277, search www.aarp.org/applications/VMISLocator/searchTaxAideLocations.action, or visit www.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide/.

Monterey County: Center for Employment Training
For more information call (408) 534-5413, email pdo@cet2000.org, or visit http://cetweb.org/.

Monterey County: Monterey County Community Action Partnership

Partnering with United Way Monterey County
For more information call (831) 757-3206 Ext: 205, email aranyani.azevedo@unitedwaymcca.org, or visit www.unitedwaymcca.org.

Nevada County: Nevada County Department of Housing and Community Services

Partnering with 2-1-1 Nevada County
For more information call 2-1-1, email 211@ns-pa.org, or visit http://211nevadacounty.org/.

Orange County: Community Action Partnership of Orange County
For more information call (714) 826-9070 or
(714)532-3595, email rrenteria@capoc.org or mreyes@capoc.org, or visit www.capoc.org.

Riverside County: Center for Employment Training
For more information call (408) 534-5413, email pdo@cet2000.org, or visit http://cetweb.org/.

Riverside County: Community Action Partnership of Riverside County
Partnering with Community Action Partnership of Riverside County
For more information call 951955-6488, email cclinton@capriverside.org, or visit www.capriverside.org.

Sacramento County: Sacramento Employment and Training Agency
Partnering with Sacramento Coalition for Working Families/United Way California Capital Region
For more information call (916) 368-3000, email www.yourlocalunitedway.org/contact-us, or visit www.yourlocalunitedway.org/article/sacramento-coalition-working-families-free-tax-preparation.

San Benito County: San Benito County, Department of Community Services & Workforce Development
For more information call (831) 637-9293, email vita.hollister@gmail.com, or visit www.sbccab.wix.com/cab1.

San Bernardino County: Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County
For more information call (909) 723-1561, email rsmith@capsbc.org, or visit www.capsbc.org.

San Diego County: Community Action Partnership San Diego County
Partnering with 2-1-1 San Diego
For more information call 2-1-1 or (858) 300-1211, email 211helps@211sandiego.org, or visit www.211sandiego.org.

San Francisco County: Economic Opportunity Council of San Francisco
For more information call (510) 238-2410, email earnitkeepitsaveit@uwba.org, or visit www.earnitkeepitsaveit.org.

San Joaquin County: San Joaquin County Department of Aging and Community Services
For more information call (209) 468-1549, email eboyette@sjgov.org, or visit http://www.sjchsa.org/.

San Luis Obispo County: Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County, Inc.
Partnering with Central Coast Tax Aid
For more information call 1(888) 687-2277, email info@ccfreetax.org, or visit www.ccfreetax.org/.

San Mateo County: San Mateo County Human Services Agency
Partnering with Samaritan House
For more information call (650) 347-3648, email saul@samaritanhousesanmateo.org, or visit http://samaritanhousesanmateo.org/.

Santa Barbara County: Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County, Inc.
Partnering with United Way of Santa Barbara County
For more information call (805) 922-0329, email www.liveunitedsbc.org/contact-us, or visit www.liveunitedsbc.org/.

Santa Barbara County: Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County, Inc.
Partnering with Central Coast Tax Aid
For more information call 1-(888) 687-2277, email info@ccfreetax.org, or visit www.ccfreetax.org/.

Santa Clara County: Sacred Heart Community Service
For more information call (408) 278-2198, email luisc@sacredheartcs.org, or visit www.sacredheartcs.org.

Santa Cruz County: Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County, Inc.

Partnering with Santa Cruz Community Ventures
For more information call (831) 460-2361, email roxanne.moore@scccu.org, or visit www.sccvonline.org.

Shasta County: Shasta County Community Action Agency
Partnering with Goodwill
For more information call (530) 351-7644, email info@myfreetaxes.com or contactus@goodwill.org, or visit www.unitedway.org/myfreetaxes/sacramentovalley.

Siskiyou County: Karuk Tribe of California
For more information call (530) 493-1600, email flopez@karuk.us, or visit www.karuk.us.

Sonoma County: Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County
For more information call (707) 535-3311, email acervantes@capsonoma.org, or visit www.capsonoma.org.

Tehama County: Tehama County Community Action Agency
For more information call (530) 527-6159, email CAAinfo@tcdss.org, or visit www.tehamacountyCAA.org.

Trinity County: Glenn County Human Resource Agency
Partnering with Colusa, Glenn, Trinity Community Action Partnership
For more information call (530) 865-6129, or visit www.cgtcap.org.

Tulare County: Community Services Employment Training, Inc.
For more information call (559) 732-4194, email albert.cendejas@cset.org, or visit www.cset.org.

Tuolumne County: Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency

For more information call (209) 223-1485 (Amador) or (209) 533-1397 (Tuolumne), email daventi@atcaa.org or szubair@atcaa.org or visit www.atcaa.org.

Ventura County: Community Action of Ventura County, Inc.

Partnering with United Way of Ventura County
For more information call (805) 485-6288, email info@vcunitedway.org, or visit https://vcunitedway.org/.

Yolo County: County of Yolo, Department of Employment and Social Services

Partnering with Yolo Center for Families
For more information call (530) 406-7221 or visit http://yolofamilies.org/.

Governor Brown’s 2015-16 Budget established the state’s first EITC, designed to complement the federal EITC. With nearly $400 million dollars available through the new state EITC, an estimated $2.3 billion is available for Californians to claim. The California State Assembly passed House Resolution 33 designating January 22, 2016, California Earned Income Tax Awareness Day.