As we prepare for the 2021 Tax Season, we are sensitive to the difficult time that many Californians are experiencing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we want to work with you to ensure that each and every one of them who is eligible for the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) claims it. Last year when the sheltering orders came down, we turned our in-person programs into online outreach, and as a result of our collective work more than 6.2 million Californians, including nearly 2 million children, benefited from the CalEITC and the Young Child Tax Credit (YCTC)!
This year, for the first time, Californians who file their tax returns with an ITIN - Individual Tax Identification Number -- including undocumented immigrants, are eligible for the CalEITC and the YCTC. This could impact 600,000 California immigrant workers and family members so we are intent on getting out the word about this new eligibility.
Unfortunately, many people who are eligible to receive the CalEITC choose not to file an income tax return because they don’t make more than $9,000. However, if they don’t file, they can’t receive the credit. That’s why it’s so important that we spread the word. People need to know that these credits are available, and that it’s easy and free to file and claim their money. The calculator tool on our website allows people to determine their eligibility and estimate their refund, and our list of tax preparation locations and online resources can help them file.
Workers who qualify for the CalEITC are also likely eligible for CalFresh food assistance and other public benefits. We have included a page on the website that lists programs people may be eligible for, along with a link to apply or get further information about them.
Also, be sure to read our information on the federal EITC where we share that either someone’s 2020 or 2019 income can be used to determine eligibility for the federal EITC, which is good news for many families.
To help us get the word out, we’ve created images for you to use in your social media. Please tag @ CalEITC4Me in your posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Also, feel free to use the following hashtags to help give your posts greater visibility: #CalEITC #EITC #EndPoverty #TaxRefund #TaxSeason
To ensure a coordinated, amplified effort, we have created an easy-to-use toolkit that includes:
- Sample email blast
- Sample social media posts
- Social media graphics
- Downloadable, printable flyers
Please click here to access the toolkit: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1EHL5UM4msFLQZk4yQxlmlO6xZfp0s1EW?usp=sharing
For more information or to get involved, contact:
- Sebastien Chaubard Outreach Manager
- Central Valley and Northern California
- Juan A. Villa Campaign Coordinator
- Riverside County and San Bernardino County
- Angelica Villanueva, M.A. Campaign Coordinator
- Los Angeles County
For more resources, please visit: https://www.caleitc4me.org/resources/