Did you know that the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is the most effective anti-poverty tool on record? The EITC is a cash back tax credit that puts money back into the pockets of working families and individuals. California established the Cal EITC in 2015 to work in companion with the federal EITC and since, CalEITC4Me has worked to secure nearly $3 billion in California and federal EITC funds directly to almost 2,000,000 families across the state.
Nine out of ten Cal EITC dollars go to families with dependent children of school age and yet only one in five of those eligible know of the refund. Eligibility of the Cal EITC — income below $22,300 for a family with kids— almost mirrors the income threshold for being required to file taxes, which is $20,800. This means that many of those who can receive it may not be filing taxes and therefore potentially leaving behind up to $6,000.
Inside this toolkit you’ll find some valuable tools to reach out to your students’ parents and guardians. Your help in reaching these families is vital as trusted messengers are key in outreach. You can also visit CalEITC4Me.org to find this toolkit and additional resources such as an estimated refund calculator, free tax prep finder, and more.
We hope you will take advantage of the tools presented here. And as always, if you ever have any questions, comments, or ideas, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
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