Make less than $57K? You may qualify for tax prep help.
Get an appointment at your closest tax prep center.
Get your taxes filed by a pro and your refund sooner!
File with confidence at a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site and keep more of your hard-earned money. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. Persons with disabilities, the elderly, and limited English-speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their tax returns are encouraged to participate. To find more information on free tax preparation assistance—including location, hours of operation, appointment types, and more—click here.
If you make less than $57,000 annually, you may qualify for cash back through the Cal EITC, Federal EITC, and Young Child Tax Credit – but only if you file. Claim what’s yours.
If you are low-to-moderate income household, you may be eligible for the Federal and Cal Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC). The Federal EITC is a refundable credit worth up to $6,660 that is available to low-to-moderate income individuals and families. The Cal EITC is worth up to an additional $3,027. That’s a lot of money back in your pocket!
In previous years, nearly 1 million Los Angeles County residents received an EITC refund, but an estimated almost 330,750 did not apply it, leaving almost $580 million on the table.
Both the Federal and Cal EITC have similar eligibility rules. You may qualify if:
You cannot claim EITC if your filing status is Married Filing Separately, but you can claim EITC if you are:
● Married Filing Jointly
● Head of Household
● Qualifying Widow(er)
You, your spouse, and any qualifying child you list on your tax return must have a valid Social Security number. For the state earned income tax credit, CalEITC, taxpayers filing with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) are newly eligible for the CalEITC.
The amount of EITC you can receive is determined by how many qualifying children you have and your total income. This income has to be earned from work, such as:
● If you work for someone, or
● If you work for yourself (self-employed) or have a business.
California CalEITC & Young Child Tax Credit
# of Children
Young Child Tax Credit
3 or more
Federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
# of Children
Maximum Federal EITC**
3 or more
*These figures are based on the 2020 tax year. Income numbers reflect the maximum amount you may earn and still qualify for CalEITC.
** Recipients may qualify for credit up to these amounts.
IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.
Claim your Earned Income Tax Credit
Filing a tax return is fast and easy. Now that you know how much extra money could be coming your way, you should also know that there are professionals who will help you prepare your federal and state taxes, free of charge, throughout Los Angeles. To find information on free tax preparation assistance—including location, hours of operation, which sites offer appointments or walk-ins, and more—use the search tool below.