Lower-income working families in California are now eligible for a new earned income tax credit with nearly $400 million available.
Eligible taxpayers could get larger tax refunds when they file this year, as much as $6,242 from the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit and $2,653 from the State Earned Income Tax Credit. Taxpayers are encouraged to apply even if they don’t meet the income filing threshold or owe taxes.
In addition to income limits, eligibility also depends on filing status, number of children, residency and age. Individuals and families who need help with income tax return preparation can attend a free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which starts Jan. 30 in Fresno and Feb. 6 in Madera and runs through April 17.
To schedule an appointment for VITA, or for more information on locations, visit http://www.boe.ca.gov/runner/vita/
Megan Ginise: 559-441-6614