In 2015, lawmakers created California’s first-ever state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). This state EITC, building on the federal credit of the same name, helps working families by boosting the incomes of workers who earn too little to make ends meet. This means families have more dollars to put toward necessities such as groceries, rent, transportation to work, and child care.
As part of a broader effort to promote the new California EITC, and in turn boost uptake of the state and federal EITCs, state officials designated January 22, 2016 as California EITC Awareness Day. This day focused on lifting up the Earned Income Tax Credit and was a great chance for those interested in fostering economic security to get involved.
Here are ways you can help:
- Follow us—and share our posts—on Twitter and Facebo
ok. Join the Budget Center and a range of individuals, nonprofits, and public agencies in a “social media blitz” highlighting the California EITC. You can join the discussion at #CalEITC.
- Help working Californians learn if they’re eligible for the EITC. This Free Tax Prep Finder from CalEITC4Me connects people with free tax preparation services near them. Share and post this resource so that your constituents, readers, or colleagues can find out if they’re eligible for the state or federal EITC and free tax assistance.
- Find out—and share—how the EITC boosts the incomes of working Californians. This Budget Center interactive (bit.ly/
CalEITCInteractive) estimates how much families can receive from the California EITC and the federal credit.