What is the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC)?

  • The CalEITC is a cashback tax credit that puts money back into the pockets of California workers.
  • In its first year, the CalEITC boosted the income of about 385,000 families, who shared almost $200 million from the cashback credit.
  • In 2019, more than 2 million people claimed the credit, totaling close to $395 million.

What is the Young Child Tax Credit (YCTC)?

  • The YCTC is a new credit that could mean up to $1,000 additional in your refund for parents with at least one child younger than age 6 as of Dec. 31, 2019.
  • The YCTC kicks in with the first dollar a parent earns.
  • In 2020, an estimated 400,000 California families are expected to benefit from the YCTC. 

Am I eligible?

You may be eligible for the CalEITC if:

  • You have earned income within certain limits (see chart below), AND
  • You, your spouse, and any qualifying children each have a social security number (SSN), AND
  • You do not use the “married/RDP filing separate” filing status, AND
  • You lived in California for more than half the tax year, AND
  • You are age 18 or older at the end of the tax year

Review the chart below to see if you may be eligible and how much you may qualify for when filing your 2019 tax return.

Number of Children
Maximum Income
Cal EITC*
Federal EITC*
YCTC*
None
$30,000
$240
$529
$0
1
$30,000
$1,605
$3,526
$1,000
2
$30,000
$2,651
$5,828
$1,000
3 or more
$30,000
$2,982
$6,557
$1,000

*Up to

Note: It does not work to add up the maximum CalEITC, YCTC and federal EITC to get the maximum amount you can get between all three credits in total, because the credits phase in and out at different income levels.

Use our CalEITC Calculator for more exact results by clicking here.

Was I eligible last year?

Did you know you can amend tax returns up to three years back if you find out you are eligible for tax credits you didn’t originally claim? Good news, you can still get this cashback credit. Click here to get started.  

But first, review the chart below to see if you may be eligible and how much you may qualify have qualified for in 2018.

Number of Children
Maximum Income
CalEITC*
Federal EITC*
None
$16,750
$232
$519
1
$24,950
$1,554
$3,461
2
$24,950
$2,559
$5,716
3 or more
$24,950
$2,879
$6,431

*Up to

How will the CalEITC and the federal EITC work together?

  • Both credits will be available this tax season and may provide you with a refund or reduce the amount of money you might owe.
  • Californians that qualify for the CalEITC will likely also qualify for the federal EITC. This will significantly boost household income for eligible families and individuals.
  • Not eligible for the CalEITC? Check out the federal EITC.

How will Californians benefit from the CalEITC?

Studies show that children in households that receive a larger EITC refund have better health, perform better in school, are more likely to attend college, and have higher earnings as adults, than those who don’t — brightening the future for the next generation.Thanks to the CalEITC, working families will have more money to purchase a car, catch-up on bills, invest in education, or put aside for savings.