As tax season is coming to a close, working seniors should be aware of a change to California’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). For the first time, seniors who work and make $16,750 or less may benefit from the credit. Previously, only families with a qualifying child could get the credit. California’s EITC was extended in the 2018-2019 state budget.
This helpful infographic from United Ways of California explains how seniors can be eligible for the credit and how much money they may be able to get. Seniors without children may earn up to $272 from the state EITC or $519 from the federal EITC.
Need help filing? Check out AARP’s free tax preparation or myfreetaxes.org through United Ways of California. Contra Costa Senior Legal Services has no more tax appointments for the season, but AARP has tax clinics throughout the country.