California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC)

Updated February 11, 2020

California joins 24 other states and the District of Columbia in adopting a state EITC, aptly named CalEITC, to supplement the federal EITC.

CalEITC is a cash-back tax credit that puts money back into the pockets of California’s working families and individuals with annual earnings under $30,000.

For the CalEITC, the most a family could get is $2,982.

Plus, if you are eligible for the CalEITC and you have a child under age 6,01 you qualify for the new Young Child Tax Credit (YCTC), which could mean up to an additional $1,000 in your refund.


Review the chart below to see if you may be eligible and how much you may qualify for when filing your 2019 tax return.

NO. of CHILDRENMaximum IncomeCal EITCYCTC
None$30,000$240$0
1$30,000$1,605$1,000
2$30,000$2,651$1,000
3 or more$30,000$2,982$1,000

Please note that credits phase in and out at different income levels. For exact results, use the CalEITC Calculator to find out how much you could get back!


To claim credit, you will need to file a California income tax return and complete an FTB 3514, Earned Income Tax Credit form (FTB 3514 Instructions) or file directly with CalFile for free with a MyFTB account.

references
  1. The YCTC is a new credit for parents with at least one child younger than age 6 as of Dec. 31, 2019.
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