CalEITC4Me

CalEITC4Me is an unprecedented statewide outreach campaign to encourage low-income Californians to claim the state Earned Income Tax Credit as well as the federal credit.

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CalEITC4Me helps millions of low-income California families claim the state and federal Earned Income Tax Credits, putting more than $4 billion back in their pockets — a proven strategy to increase financial security for those working hard to attain it.

Our CalEITC4Me program is a national leader in Earned Income Tax Credit outreach and organizing, using innovative and cutting-edge tactics to help working people understand and access the credit.

We believe that everyone who works should be able to afford life’s basic needs – such as food, housing, transportation and health care. Yet 1 out of 6 people in California live in poverty, the highest rate in the country.

Our bilingual website is a go-to hub of information, providing up-to-date resources, content, tool kits, fact sheets, videos, social media campaigns and other user-friendly resources for partners, community organizations and tax filers throughout the tax season and beyond.

Winning Tactics in 2019!

Our year-round EITC organizing model is having incredible results — more than 1.9 million California households claimed the Cal EITC in 2019, a 40% increase in claims over 2018. Close to $360 million of Cal EITC went directly into the pockets of low-income workers on top of the $2 billion in federal EITC Californians receive each year.

As part of our year-round outreach, we:

  • Reached over 1 million parents throughout the state with our back-to-school program
  • Texted over 1.8 million low-income individuals in both English and Spanish
  • Reached over 1.1 million individuals on Facebook
  • Held over 300 events around the state
  • Distributed over 1.8 million pieces of collateral material to our partners in multiple languages including English, Spanish, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Korean, and Russian

What people are saying about CalEITC4Me:

“Record number of Californians are benefiting from the Earned Income Tax Credit thanks to the outreach efforts of government agencies and advocates like CalEITC4Me. That means more money in the pockets of working families and more money going into local stores and businesses.”

— Anthony Rendon, Speaker of the Assembly

“California is making a bold investment in working parents, and I’m excited to help CalEITC4Me get the word out about this cost of living refund so that more families can thrive”

— Jennifer Siebel Newsom, First Partner of California

Who CalEITC4Me helps:

  • The Cal EITC particularly benefits people of color. About two-thirds of workers who are likely eligible to claim the credit are people of color, with Latinos accounting for the largest share.
  • The Cal EITC benefits women. According to the National Women’s Law Center, two-thirds of low-wage workers are women. Women constitute 60% of tax filers likely eligible for the Cal EITC and 70% of Cal EITC-eligible filers with children.
  • In 2020, all working people making $30,000 or below – the equivalent of full-time work at $15 an hour – will be able to claim the Cal EITC.
  • The Cal EITC benefits children. According to figures from the Franchise Tax Board, 8 of 10 Cal EITC dollars goes to families with children. Among children eligible to benefit from the Cal EITC, 4 in 5 are children of color, and more than half are Latino.
  • Self-employed workers who meet the income requirements. In the past, only W-2 workers were covered, excluding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and workers in the gig-economy – a rapidly growing portion of our economy.
  • The Cal EITC is also available to workers age 18 to 24, and over the age of 65. California is the only state that allows older workers at the end of their careers, who are not able to use the federal EITC, to claim its state EITC.

What people say who are helped by CalEITC4Me:

“I was born and raised in East Los Angeles. I attend East Los Angeles College majoring in Sociology to work in the social work field. I am living on my own and this tax refund is helping me survive in the city of LA, where rent skyrocketed after I graduated high school. I learned about the Cal EITC through Community Lawyers, Inc. They educated me on how I can get a tax credit if I filed my taxes. I was not going to file for taxes, but I thanks to CLI for educating me on this tax refund, I am now going to use that money to save it for any future emergency and for rent.”

— Jacqueline Ramon

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