No Social Security number? No problem! California expanded access to the California Earned Income Tax Credit beginning in the 2020 tax year to filers with an ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number) including undocumented workers. ITIN holders may now qualify for the CalEITC and the Young Child Tax Credit (YCTC).
The amount of your refundable tax credit depends on your income and the size of your family.
- If you claim the CalEITC, you can be eligible for up to $3,417. If you have any children or dependents, you can get more.
- If you have one child, you can get up to $1,083. Larger families qualify for more.
- And if your child has a Social Security number, you may also qualify for up to $2,000 more through the federal Child Tax Credit.
Note: Tax credits like the CalEITC and EITC are not considered public benefits under the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services public charge rule.
Requesting & Renewing an ITIN
If you do not yet have an ITIN or need to renew one, the procedure for requesting or renewing an ITIN is:
- Complete Form W-7
- Provide original supporting documentation to establish identity
- Include the completed Form W-7 with the U.S. Tax Return and mail to:
Internal Revenue Service
P.O. Box 149342
Austin, TX 78714-9342
Our community-based organizations provide free ITIN application assistance. These IRS certified experts can help you prepare W-7 forms, gather the right documents, and verify your identification.
If you have any additional questions, you can call the IRS toll free at 800-829-1040 if you are in the United States.