California Tax Credits for Working Families

Tax Benefits for Low-Income Workers

It’s tax season and the opportunity to put money back into the hands of California’s hardworking families is here. CDA has partnered with 2-1-1 San Diego to ensure our clients take advantage of several tax credits available to support you and your family this year. These tax credits may reduce the taxes you need to pay or increase your tax refund. Learn more below!


What is CalEITC?

The California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) is a cash-back tax credit designed to put money in the pockets of low-income working families and individuals.

You may qualify for the CalEITC if:

  • You’re at least 18 years old or have a qualifying child.
  • You have earned income of $30,000 or less.

The amount of CalEITC you get depends on your household status, income, and family size.Note:

Federal EITC Credits

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a federal tax credit for working people who have earned a low-to-moderate income. Unlike the CalEITC, only people with Social Security numbers qualify. If you qualify, you may see a reduced tax bill or a bigger refund.

You can claim the credit whether you’re single or married, or have children or not. The main requirement is that you must earn money from a job.

Learn more here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Important Information:

  • Parents may qualify for other credits, too, such as the federal Child Tax Credit (CTC).
  • ITIN holders only qualify for the CalEITC and the California Young Child Tax Credit.
  • ITIN parents can claim the federal Child Tax Credit for citizen children.

Do you have a child under the age of 6?

If you qualify for CalEITC and have a child under the age of 6, you may also qualify for a refundable tax credit of up to $1,000 through the Young Child Tax Credit (YCTC)!

*Qualifying children must be under 6 years of age as of December 31, 2020.

Note: Taxpayers with an ITIN — Individual Tax Identification Number — are eligible for the state YCTC, not the federal CTC.

Learn more here. 

Tax Credits Flyer

Download our informational flyer and learn more about the available tax credits.

File Your Taxes

There are many ways to file your taxes. Don’t wait until the last minute.
Deadline to file your taxes is Monday, April 18, 2022!

Find Out How Much You Could Get Back!

Use the CalEITC calculator to see if you qualify and estimate the amount of your credit by clicking the button below.