Tax season information for families
California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) Now Covers Families Who File With ITINS
Legislation in 2020 expanded access to the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) to ensure all California tax filers, specifically undocumented filers who file using an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) and are otherwise eligible, may qualify for the CalEITC and the Young Child Tax Credit. The new legislation also removes the requirement for an ITIN tax filer to have at least one child under the age of six to qualify for the CalEITC.
The amount of the refundable tax credit depends on a household’s income and its size:
Note: Tax credits, like the CalEITC and EITC, are not considered public benefits under the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services public charge rule.
Learn more about eligibility at https://www.caleitc4me.org/. This site is also available in Spanish, has FAQS, and weekly and monthly benefits calculators.
Golden State Stimulus
California will provide the Golden Status Stimulus payment to families and people who qualify. This is a one-time $600 or $1,200 payment. You may receive this payment if you receive the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) or file with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). The Golden State Stimulus aims to:
Learn more and help educate families about the Golden State Stimulus.
Local Free Tax Preparation Assistance
This year United Way of San Luis Obispo County is offering a COVID friendly Drop-Off VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program. This service is available for anyone with a household income less than $57,000 at no cost. VITA allows filers to have their tax returns prepared and filed by an IRS Certified volunteer for free!
How it works:
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This quick and easy reference guide contains contact information along with a brief description of numerous resource centers available for families in San Luis Obispo County. The list of supporting organizations include pregnancy support, homeless resources, mental health and much more.
We invite you to download our 2020 Directory of Family Resource Centers and share it with your colleagues and clients.
Local Child Development Support Services
Help Me Grow is a county-wide system that supports children and their families by providing free developmental screenings and linkages to services that promote optimal growth.
Any child ages birth through 5 years old who is a SLO County resident is eligible. All services are provided free of charge. Contact SLO Help Me Grow:
(805) 544-4355 x282
Help Boost the Importance of Well Child Visits!
In California, 70% of children with developmental delays aren't detected until the child enters kindergarten. When developmental delays are identified early, interventions are more effective and yield greater life-long outcomes.
Please encourage families to schedule their well-child checkups and request a developmental screening with their well-child visits. Graphics like the one below can be found here and incorporated into your organization's social marketing.