This report presents results from a Budget Center county-level survey that found that many respondents who likely qualify for the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) have not heard of the credit and are also unaware of free tax assistance for people with low incomes. This report highlights the importance of outreach strategies to maximize the success of the CalEITC and recommends policy options.
With Tax Day — the deadline for filing personal income taxes — coming up next Tuesday, it’s a good time to reflect on the purpose of our tax system. As we pointed out in Who Pays Taxes in California?, tax policy is not only a means to an end, allowing us to collectively generate the […]
President Trump released his “skinny” budget proposal last month, shining a light on some of the values and priorities of his administration. While the proposal is light on detail and includes some deeply troubling elements, it does state that early care and education is of “high priority.” Those interested in understanding how President Trump might approach […]
Tomorrow, California’s excise tax on cigarettes will jump by $2 per pack. This substantial increase is required by Proposition 56, which voters approved last November. In addition, the state’s excise tax on other tobacco products, such as chewing tobacco, will go up by an equivalent amount, and electronic cigarettes (“e-cigarettes”) that contain nicotine will be […]
State Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs), like California’s CalEITC, are important tools for boosting economic security for working families. By piggybacking on the federal EITC, these state credits help families with low and moderate incomes to keep more of their earnings so they can better afford the basics. A new working paper by University of […]