SACRAMENTO, March 17, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- CalEITC4Me, a public-private campaign to get the word out to more than 600,000 eligible Californians about the new State earned income tax credit (CalEITC) program, has introduced online tools that make it easy for working families and individuals claim their Federal and State EITC.
"Thanks to our committed partners working in communities throughout the State, hundreds of thousands of Californians have already claimed their first-ever CalEITC," said Joseph N. Sanberg, CalEITC Chair. "Last year, $1.8 billion in potentially life-changing federal EITC refunds went unclaimed by eligible working Californians. This year, we don't want a single dollar left on the table."
Those who earned up to $54,000 in 2015 can calculate their tax credit refund and file tax returns for free with user-friendly, multilingual online tools created and donated by Intuit, Inc., a partner in of the CalEITC4Me campaign, including:
Eligibility Calculator- Families and individuals can find out if they are eligible and how much their EITC credit could be at http://caleitc4me.org/earn-it/.
Free Tax Prep Finder – By entering city, zip code or address eligible families and individuals can find convenient free tax prep locations in their neighborhoods. For appointments, visit http://caleitc4me.org/get-it/.
The more than 600,000 California residents eligible for California EITC will receive an average of $900 cash back at tax time.
Californians must file their taxes by April 18 to qualify for the new credit.
CalEITC4Me is a public-private partnership to spread awareness of the first-ever state Earned Income Tax Credit and put more money into the hands of hard-working Californians. CalEITC4ME is a one-stop, multilingual online hub of information and interactive resources. Innovative online tools have been developed to include the CalEITC4Me Calculator, a user-friendly tool, created for California by the Intuit Financial Freedom Foundation, where individuals can determine their new state and federal EITC eligibility and potential refund in a few easy steps; the Free Tax Prep Finder which connects families to local free tax preparation services; and the interactive CalEITC4Me Heat Map that allows nonprofits, government agencies and others to identify key regions of eligible filers by ZIP code and other searchable criteria. To learn more about CalEITC4Me, click here. To learn more about Golden State Opportunity, click here. Follow the event on social media at Twitter handle @CalEITC4Me and Facebook.com/CalEITC4Me.