May 13, 2021 - With the tax filing deadline coming up on Monday, May 17, there are still one million working families in California who are eligible for tax credits from the State of California but may not be aware or haven’t applied.
United Ways of California and local partners are helping to make sure families who qualify know about the programs and how they need to simply file their taxes to receive as much as $4,200 from the two programs. Californians who had an income of less than $66,000 last year are eligible for free filing through myfreetaxes.org.
“Families worked hard for this money, and we encourage people to file immediately so they can put that money in their pocket sooner and support their families,” said Nalleli Sandoval, Senior Director of Programs at United Ways of California. “It’s just a matter of filing your taxes and, fortunately, working families can do that for free.”
The Golden State Stimulus (GSS) is a one-time payment of $600 or $1,200 per tax return that is available to families who have an individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) filer earning up to $75,000, while the the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) ranges from $243 to just over $3,000 and is available to families with incomes up to $30,000.
While the California Franchise Tax Board estimates more than 4 million taxpayers are eligible to receive CalEITC for the 2020 tax year, only 3 million had applied through May 2. Meanwhile, there are about 5.7 million people in California who earn less than $30,000 per year and are eligible for the Golden State Stimulus this year.
Individuals and families who are applying with a federally issued Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) can find support through the ITIN guide, should their ITINs have expired and they need assistance renewing or getting one.
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United Ways of California improves the health, education and financial results for low-income children and families by enhancing and coordinating the advocacy and community impact work of California’s 29 local United Ways. United Ways of California was formed in 2008 by California's local United Ways seeking to work together to educate state and national leaders about policy issues affecting community impact goals in health, education, and financial stability.