California's Refundable Tax Credit, CalEITC

What would you do with an extra $6,500?

  • Get ahead on household bills
  • Pay your rent
  • Start a savings account
  • Buy new clothes for the kids
  • Stock the pantry
  • Pay for health care
  • Other

The California Earned Income Tax Credit (Cal EITC) is modeled after the Federal EITC. To claim both of these credits, simply file your state and federal returns through VITA’s FREE tax prep services. With the combined credits, families earning up to $25,000 can get up to $6,500 and keep their full refund! That's money you can use for rent, utilities, groceries, and other important expenses. Even if you don’t quality for the full $6,500, you deserve to have the credit you earned. Think of what a difference this extra cash can make for your family and you.

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Learn more about EITC benefits for California workers
Learn more about California’s EITC and if you qualify