Claiming the California Earned Income Tax Credit: Guide for Transition-Age Youth

This publication is designed to help transition-age youth file their taxes and claim the California Earned Income Tax Credit, also known as the CalEITC. The CalEITC is a tax credit that has recently become more available to transition-age youth and can provide crucial supplemental income. The publication outlines information about the CalEITC, tax filing requirements, documentation needed to file, and free tax preparation services. Additionally, it addresses common tax filing questions, such as what to do if you are missing personal information or financial documents, or how to file taxes if you are an immigrant, a student, homeless, in juvenile hall, in transitional housing, in foster care, sharing custody of a child with another taxpayer, or being claimed by another person as a dependent. The guide also addresses potential fear that transition-age youth may have about filing their taxes and discusses the wide range of benefits that come with filing taxes.

January 2019