2020 tax return changes

There have been many changes to the 2020 tax year. Some changes may allow you to claim certain credits (like CalEITC), giving much needed tax relief to you. Some of these changes are related to the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Review these resources for more information. Check back often for updates.

Unemployment and additional help

Changes were made to how federal adjusted gross income (AGI) is calculated if you received unemployment in 2020. You may qualify for CalEITC or the Golden State Stimulus, giving you a larger refund and further assistance.

Learn about unemployment 2020

In-home support services and CalEITC

If you received income from a Medicaid waiver or In-home Support Services program for providing care to someone you live with, you may opt to include or exclude all or none of that income as earned income on your tax return. This may allow you to qualify for CalEITC and other tax credits.

Review In-home support services

Loan forgiveness

As of April 29, 2021, California conforms to federal provisions. Review information on California’s tax treatment of forgiven loans.

Learn about loan forgiveness

2020 tax return filing extensions

California postponed the income tax filing due date for individuals to May 17, 2021.

Visit 2020 Filing Extensions


  • 2016 Filers: Nontaxable IHSS income may be included as earned income to be eligible for CalEITC
    May 5, 2021 Article

    Taxpayers receiving income from a Medicaid waiver or In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program for caring for an individual the taxpayer lives with may elect to include all or none of that income as earned income. This determines the taxpayer's eligibility for the earned income tax credit (EITC) and other applicable credits like the Young Child Tax Credit.