If you are 18 or older, earning $30,950 or less each year, and filing your own taxes (not someone else’s dependent), you may be eligible for the CalEITC. Use our calculator tool to determine your eligibility and estimate the amount of your credit.

If you are a parent, you may qualify for a bigger credit, and if your child is younger than 6 years old, you can get up to an additional $1,117 from the Young Child Tax Credit.

If you’re a student or paying off student debt, you may also qualify for education tax benefits. 

How do I file my taxes?

Young adults often use the IRS Free File for free tax preparation, free electronic filing, and free direct deposit. You can also find free tax prep help here.

Filing your taxes for the first time? Here’s what you need to have on hand:

  • Social Security number or ITIN (Individual Tax Identification Number)
  • Wage and income information i.e. Form W-2 or Form 1099, including taxable college scholarships or grants
  • Documentation for all tax credits and deductions
  • Bank account and routing number to get your refund direct deposited