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Contact: Aonya McCruiston

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, May 11, 2020 — With far too many Californians struggling to meet their basic needs in the face of COVID-19 induced job losses and economic disruption, Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis is collaborating with Golden State Opportunity’s ‘Million 4 a Billion’ campaign.

The ‘Million 4 a Billion’ campaign is designed to reach more than 1 million low-income Californians and connect them with free online tax filing and virtual support from IRS-trained volunteers to ensure that  that the $1 billion the state allocated for refunds from the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) reaches people without delay.

“The COVID-19 crisis is shining a light on the economic disparities that impact every corner of our state. It is so important to educate Californians about the assistance available to them this tax season, and I am excited to participate in this important campaign to get help to the people who need it most,” said Lt. Gov. Kounalakis.

Kounalakis recorded robocalls that are currently going out to 1.5 million likely CalEITC-eligible Californians, either letting them know to expect a personal outreach call or text message from Golden State Opportunity and our community partners, or informing them about the free tax help available through the CalEITC4ME website.

“I am grateful for the Lieutenant Governor’s leadership in making sure low-income Californians know how to claim the tax credits that can put hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars back in their pockets.” said Amy Everitt, President of Golden State Opportunity. “While the tax filing deadline is now July 15, there is no reason for anyone who is having trouble making rent or paying for groceries to wait even one more day before filing their tax return and claiming their refund.”

Between the CalEITC, the federal EITC, and the state’s new Young Child Tax Credit, low-income workers in California could be eligible for up to an $8,000 refund, depending on their income and family size. Additionally, eligible Californians who have yet to receive their $1,200 stimulus check could access that money more quickly if they file a tax return.

The CalEITC is available to anyone over age 18 who worked in California for at least three months in 2019 and made less than $30,000. The new Young Child Tax Credit, worth up to $1,000, is available to working parents with income of less than $30,000, and a child younger than age 6. It kicks in with a parent’s first dollar of income.