Do You Still Need to File Your Taxes?

The 2019 tax season has come to a close, but there is still time to file without penalties if you are owed a refund. You have two years to file your 2019 tax return without penalties.

However, we recommend filing as soon as possible to qualify for valuable tax credits like the EITC and the stimulus payment. To qualify for the stimulus payment your information must be in the IRS’s system by October 15th so file now. File simple returns for FREE from home at www.myfreetaxes.org. See below for a tutorial on how to e-file. You can also make an appointment at one of our participating tax sites here.

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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—use the search tool below.

Why pay to file when you may be eligible to file for FREE with an IRS-certified tax volunteer?

If you make less than $55,000 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.

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The EITC is Money in your Pocket

Filing a tax return is the only way to get it!

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 $6,557 that is available to low-to-moderate income individuals and families. The Cal EITC is worth up to an additional $2,982. 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.

Basic Eligibility Guidelines

Both the Federal and Cal EITC have similar eligibility rules. You may qualify if:

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Filing Status

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) 
● Single

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Employment Status

You, your spouse, and any qualifying child you list on your tax return must have a valid Social Security number.

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Income Limits

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.

Calculate your Earned Income Tax Credit

Federal & California Earned Income Tax Credit

California CalEITC & Young Child Tax Credit

  # of Children  

  Maximum Income  

  Cal EITC*  

  Young Child Tax Credit  

3 or more

  $30,000  

  $2,982  

  $1,000  

2

  $30,000  

  $2,651  

  $1,000  

1

  $30,000  

  $1,605  

  $1,000  

0

  $30,000  

  $240  

  $0  

Federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

  # of Children  

  Maximum Income  

  Maximum Federal EITC**  

  3 or more  

  $55,952  

  $6,557  

2

  $52,493  

  $5,828  

1

  $46,884  

  $3,526  

  0  

  $21,370  

  $529  

- Use the Eligibility and Calculator tools to estimate your Federal EITC and Cal EITC.

*These figures are based on the 2019 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. To see the exact amount of federal EITC you may receive

California earned income tax credit and single parents

CLAIM YOUR EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT

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.

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