Last week, UWBA’s Earn It! Keep It! Save It! Program in partnership with CalEITC4Me and North Marin Community Services held two free tax events for last-minute tax filers in Novato and San Jose.
Volunteer tax professionals were on hand to prepare and electronically file Federal and State taxes and provide screenings to determine eligibility for Federal and State Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Statewide, 1.7 million families are eligible for the Cal EITC this year, 1.1 million more than were eligible last year.This year, working families have claimed more than $250 million in cash back refunds.
Many low-income working Californians who are eligible to receive CalEITC refunds do not file taxes because they do not owe money. It is important to get the word out that April 17 was the deadline to file taxes only if you owe, and that people can take advantage of the automatic six-month extension to file and claim the refunds they have earned – including for the previous three years if they qualified for the earned income tax credit and didn’t claim it.
In addition to the CalEITC, many low- and moderate-income working families are also eligible for Federal EITC, which can put up to $6,000 back in their wallets. In the past, hard-working Californians have missed out on more than $1.8 billion in federal EITC and there is even more on the table this season with expanded eligibility of the State EITC this year.