Help Boost Your Refund With The Earned Income Tax Credit

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Sacramento — Today is Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day. The Franchise Tax Board (FTB), in partnership with the IRS, encourages eligible California taxpayers to claim the federal credit when filing their federal tax returns.

EITC is a financial boost for working people. Local communities also benefit from the added funds received by families. Last year, nearly 3.1 million Californians received more than $7.3 billion in refunds. The average EITC refund was $2,373. The IRS estimates one in five EITC refunds go unclaimed each year.

“These tax dollars, which can total more than $6,000, provide a much needed financial boost for millions of hard-working Californians,” said State Controller and FTB Chair Betty T. Yee.

EITC Awareness Day is a national effort spotlighting this valuable federal tax credit. The EITC is a refundable credit. When the credit exceeds taxes owed, the taxpayer gets a refund. People who earned less than $52,427 from wages, self-employment, or farming in 2014 may qualify for the credit, which can total as much as $6,143.

Those eligible for the credit who missed it in prior years can still claim it. Past income limits were:

  • 2013 $51,567
  • 2012 $50,270
  • 2011 $49,078

Taxpayers can find more information on credit eligibility at

Free tax preparation and EITC eligibility help is available throughout the tax season at Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly sites. These two volunteer programs staff more than 1,000 centers statewide. Some offer services in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean. For information on locations throughout California, visit and click on the free filing assistance link.

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