State and Federal Earned Income Tax Credits

Know It!

State and federal Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) are cash back tax credits for working individuals and families. in 2018, more families than ever are eligible for the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC), including the self-employed! With the combined state and federal credits, qualifying families can receive hundreds, or even thousands back just by filing their taxes. That's money you can use for rent, utilities, groceries, and other important expenses.

Earn It!

The amount of cash back tax credits you qualify for depends on your income and your family size. You may qualify for the state and federal EITC and not even know it! Under the CalEITC, families earning less than $22,300 may qualify for a cash back tax credit. And, families earning less than $53,930 may receive cash back by claiming the federal EITC on their tax return. Visit to learn more and calculate your cash back tax credit.

Get It!

To get your cash back tax credits, simply file your 2017 state and federal tax returns. Don't pay to have your taxes prepared for you! Visit your local volunteer tax preparation center to receive no-cost tax assistance. Visit and use the Free Tax Prep Finder to locate the IRS certified tax preparation center near you that can help you keep all of your EITC and CalEITC cash back tax credits.


  Press Release

CSD & Statewide Partners Raise Awareness of Cash Back CalEITC for Working Californians

It’s Your Money – Get It! 

With tax season in full swing, the California Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) joins Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and a coalition of public and non-profit partners to recognize California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) Awareness Week. 

“The CalEITC tax credit gives hard-working Californians the opportunity to earn hundreds, even thousands, of dollars just by filing their taxes,” said CSD Director Linné Stout. “During CalEITC Awareness Week, CSD and its partners encourage everyone to spread the word about this powerful tool to help Californians struggling to make ends meet.”

On February 12, 2018, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued a proclamation recognizing California Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Week and encouraged Californians to spread the word about this important resource to those who need it the most.

CalEITC Awareness Week is part of a statewide education and outreach campaign aimed at increasing the number of working Californians who claim EITC. To learn more about CalEITC, Californians can visit, a multilingual website providing resources that include a cash-back calculator and a free tax prep finder to help connect families to IRS certified no-cost tax preparation services in their neighborhoods.

CalEITC: Bigger and Better than Ever

This year for the first time, the self-employed and families earning up to $22,300 may qualify for CalEITC, an expansion of CalEITC eligibility and a significant increase in the upper income limit compared to prior years. Additionally, Californians with a maximum income of $53,930 may also claim the federal EITC on their tax return. In 2016, the combined credits returned over $6,000 to some families and the average CalEITC benefit was $531.

Statewide Efforts Target Highest Proportion of Eligible Californians

The 2017-2018 California State Budget Act allocated $2 million to the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) to support outreach and education efforts in promoting CalEITC to qualifying families and individuals. In partnership with FTB, CSD has awarded grants for community-based outreach initiatives to reach those eligible for the credit. Grantees are targeting education and outreach efforts at the statewide level, in rural areas, and in ten counties identified as having the highest proportion of eligible California residents not claiming EITC.

CSD has partnered with the following non-profits to promote CalEITC. For more information about their efforts please visit:

Statewide: Golden State Opportunity Foundation (CalEITC4Me)


Statewide: United Ways of California

Rural Counties: Amador Tuolumne Community Action Agency

Rural Counties: Golden State Opportunity Foundation (CalEITC4Me)

o 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: INFO LINE of San Diego (2-1-1 San Diego)


San Francisco County: United Way of the Bay Area


Santa Clara County: United Way of the Bay Area




  CSD 2016 EITC PSAs

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