CalEITC: Cash Back for Transition Age Youth

In the 2019-2020 budget, the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC), a cash-back tax credit that puts money back into the pockets of California’s working families and individuals, was expanded from $400 million to $1 billion. More than 600,000 young adults in California, including current and former foster youth, are expected to qualify for the CalEITC this tax season.

Since a majority (60%) of TAY in care are earning at least $1 and 40% of youth females in this population are parents, most would qualify for the federal EITC, the CalEITC, and parenting youth could receive an additional $1,000 through the New Child Tax Credit for children younger than age 6. This could mean hundreds or thousands of dollars in tax refunds for transition age youth in care.

With the support of child welfare partners and free tax preparation services, these refunds can help young adults cover necessary life expenses. John Burton Advocates for Youth (JBAY) invites you to partner with us in 2020 to support youth in care with filing taxes and claiming the expanded California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC).

Some of the things that you can do this tax season include:

Watch the CalEITC Webinar from January 30, 2020

JBAY and the California Franchise Tax Board will host a webinar to discuss recent changes to the CalEITC and strategies to support transition age youth (TAY) in filing taxes and claiming the credit.

Take the "CalEITC: Cash Back for TAY" Pledge

Join the movement to spread awareness about the CalEITC with youth in care and support them in filing their taxes. By taking the pledge, you’ll have access to resources and tools to help you with this effort.

Tax Season is Coming Soon!

  • January 30, 2020

    CalEITC Webinar

    View the webinar to learn more about what you can do to support youth in filing taxes and claiming the tax credits that they are eligible for.

  • January 31, 2020

    Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day

    Join the movement and sign the pledge to celebrate Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day and ensure youth in care do not leave money on the table this year!

  • February-April 2020

    CalEITC Awareness Campaign

    Distribute outreach materials, raise awareness by posting on social media, engage in conversations about taxes & EITC with youth, support them in accessing tax preparation services and promote or host events to raise awareness about CalEITC.

  • July 15, 2020

    Tax Filing Deadline for Tax Year 2019

    You can claim the CalEITC all year long and those who did not claim the CalEITC the last three years can file or amend their taxes to get the money back for previous years.