Make less than $55K? You may qualify for tax prep help.
Get an appointment at your closest tax prep center.
Get your taxes filed by a pro and your $6,431 EITC sooner!
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.
If you make less than $55,000 annually, you may qualify for cash back through the Cal EITC and Federal EITC – but only if you file. Claim what’s yours.
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 $6,431 that is available to low-to-moderate income individuals and families. The Cal EITC is worth up to an additional $2,879. That’s a lot of money back in your pocket!
In previous years, over 1.2 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.
Both the Federal and Cal EITC have similar eligibility rules. You may qualify if:
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)
You, your spouse, and any qualifying child you list on your tax return must have a valid Social Security number.
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.
|Federal EITC||California EITC|
|# of Children||Maximum Income||Maximum Federal EITC**||Maximum Income*||Maximum California EITC**|
|3 or more||$53,930||$6,431||$24,950||$2,879|
*These figures are based on the 2018 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 CalEITC and/or federal EITC you may receive, use the EITC Calculator at: caleitc4me.org/earn-it
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.
Gathering all your tax documents ensures an accurate return and fast refund.
You must bring all of the following tax-related documents to your tax appointment: