Given the unprecedented disruption to daily life and the economic devastation so many Californians are experiencing due to COVID-19, access to money and resources without delay is more important than ever.
One way to ensure that low-income Californians access the cash that will allow them to meet their basic needs in this time of crisis is to help them safely file a tax return from home so that they can receive a tax refund. While officials have delayed the tax filing deadline until July 15, there is no reason for anyone who is struggling financially to not file immediately.
Low-income Californians could be eligible for up to an $8,000 refund through the California and federal Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs). This is in addition to the up to $1200 in federal stimulus money they are eligible to receive by filing a tax return for 2018 or 2019.
This is why Golden State Opportunity’s CalEITC4Me program has launched the ‘Million 4 a Billion’ campaign.
Million 4 a Billion was created to ensure that the $1 billion allocated for CalEITC refunds goes back into the pockets of workers who desperately need cash in the face of layoffs, lost income, and general financial insecurity.
Starting mid-April, we are reaching out to one million low-income workers to help set up free online tax filing appointments, during which they will receive virtual assistance from an IRS-trained volunteer. Spanish tax preparers are also available. Join us in ensuring that our friends and neighbors are able to quickly access the money and resources they need.
If you or anyone you know would like to make an appointment to file your taxes online with the help of one of our trained tax volunteers, please fill out this form and we will be in touch as soon as appointments become available in the coming weeks.