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$3,417 California Earned Income Tax Credit: See Who Is Eligible

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You could be qualified for a cash refund of up to $3,417 or a tax debt reduction under the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) this year. This sum is allocated for households with the highest number of children, and it decreases dramatically for families without dependents. 

California Earned Income Tax Credit

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Up to 3,417 California Earned Income Tax Credit Up For Grabs

Low-income working Californians may get assistance through the California Earned Income Tax Credit, California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) mentioned on its website.

The CalEITC is a tax credit that offers either a refund on taxes paid or a reduction on taxes owing, as opposed to being delivered as a direct payment like the Golden State Stimulus cheques. 

You must file your state tax return, and the amount offered varies substantially based on your circumstances before collecting the California Earned Income Tax Credit.

The sum of your California tax payments for that year cannot exceed the maximum tax credit that you may obtain. The number of children designated as dependents on your 2022 California tax return is shown by the following numbers: 

  • Three or more children – $3,417;
  • Two children – $3,037;
  • One child – $1,843;
  • No children – $275

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Who qualifies for the CalEITC?

FTB mentioned in another post that you must fulfill each condition throughout the tax year to be eligible for the California Earned Income Tax Credit: 

  • Having a child who qualifies or is at least 18 years old;
  • A minimum annual income of $1 and a maximum annual income of $30,000;
  • Have a current Social Security or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) for each of you, your spouse, and any legal children; 
  • More than half of the filing year was spent residing in California;
  • Not be qualified to receive benefits as the child of another taxpayer; and
  • You must have a qualified child to be claimed as a dependant of another taxpayer.

Married/registered domestic partner (RDP) filers who file separately must adhere to all the rules below before being eligible for the California Earned Income Tax Credit: 

  • Had a qualifying child who resided with you for more than half of the tax year and: 
    • You lived separately from your spouse/RDP for the last six months of the tax year; or 
    • You and your spouse/RDP are legally divorced at the end of the tax year under a written separation agreement or a decree of separate maintenance, and you did not reside in the same household as your spouse/RDP.

To claim the CalEITC, you must complete your state tax return. To file your taxes, you may make use of our free CalFile program. Additionally, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program may be able to provide you with free tax preparation.

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