Golden State Stimulus & California Earned Income Tax Credit Golden State Stimulus & California Earned Income Tax Credit

​​It's your money! Get it!

The Department of Community Services and Development encourages Californians earning under $30,000 a year to file their taxes to receive the Golden State Stimulus and claim the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC), a cash-back tax credit, and receive a larger tax refund. 

File e​ar​ly to put money in your pocket sooner!

​​​​​Golden State Stimulus​

​​​​California will provide one-time relief​ payments to families and individuals who qualify. All you have to do is file your taxes!

​​The Golden State Stimulus was authorized by Governor Gavin Newsom​ on February 23, 2021, to provide:

  • $600 in one-time relief payments to households with incomes below $30,000 that receive the California Earned Income Tax Credit for 2020. 
  • $600 one-time payments to taxpayers who were unable to receive federal relief payments by filing with Individual Tax Identification Numbers (ITINs).
    • ​Golden State Stimulus payments are available to households with ITINs and incomes below $75,000.
  • ITIN taxpayers with incomes below $30,000 who also qualify for the California Earned Income Tax Credit would receive a total of $1,200. 
P​ayments will be provided to these households shortly after they file their 2020 tax returns. 

Check if you qualify for the Golden State Stimulus​​​

To qualify, you must:

  • ​​​Have filed your 2020 taxes
  • ​​​Be either:
    • ​A California Earned Income Tax Credit​ recipient
    • ​An ITIN filer who made $75,000 or less (total California Adjusted Gross Income)​
  • ​Be a California resident on the date payment is issued
  • Be 18 years or older as of the last date of the tax year​
  • Not be eligible to be claimed as a dependent​

For up-to-date information about the Golden State Stimulus, please visit the Franchise Tax Board's Golden State Stimulus Webpage.​​​​​

​​California Earned Income Tax Credit​


Jennifer Siebel Newsom, first partner of California, encourages everyone to learn more about the expanded California Earned Income Tax Credit and ​Young Child Tax Credit. For more information, please visit:



Jennifer Siebel Newsom, la primera pareja de California, anima a todos a informarse más sobre la expansión del CalEITC y el Crédito Tributario para Niños Pequeños. 

Para más información visita:​itc.

Know It!

The state and federal Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) are cash back tax refunds for working Californians. In 2021, more individuals and families are eligible for the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) than ever, including Californians that file their taxes with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). Over $1 billion in refunds are available for hard-working Californians earning under $30,000 a year! When combined with the federal EITC, the expanded CalEITC can put hundreds or even thousands of extra dollars in your pocket just by filing your taxes. That's money you can use for rent, utilities, groceries, and other important expenses. And, if you qualify for CalEITC and have children under the age six, you could receive $1,000 from the Young Child Tax Credit. Visit​​itc ​​to learn more!​


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 CalEITC, individuals and families earning less than $30,000 may qualify for a cash back tax credit.  Find out how much you could get back by using the Franchise Tax Board's EITC calculator, available in 6 languages.​


Get It!​

To get your cash back tax credits, simply file your 2020 state and federal tax returns. Don't pay to have your taxes prepared for you! Get free tax help at a location near you by visiting the Franchise Tax Board​'s Free Tax Help Webpa​ge​​ and a volunteer IRS certified tax preparer can help you keep all of your EITC and CalEITC cash back tax credits.​

  Learn more about the California Earned Income Tax Cr​edit​ at​itc.​​



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