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Earned Income Tax Credit

Federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

The California Revenue and Taxation Code (RTC) Section 19853(b) requires local educational agencies (LEA) that operate the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) to annually notify households about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Information Act.
 
Families may be eligible to receive the Earned Income Tax Credit from the Federal Government (Federal EITC) based on their annual earnings. The Federal EITC is a refundable federal income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families that has no effect on certain welfare benefits. In most cases, Federal EITC payments will not be used to determine eligibility for Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), food stamps, low-income housing, or most Temporary Assistance For Needy Families (TANF) payments.
 
Families who owe no federal taxes can still file a federal tax return to receive the Federal EITC by using the Federal EITC form in the federal income tax return booklet. Information regarding eligibility for the Federal EITC including how to obtain the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Notice 797 or any other necessary forms and instructions are available by contacting the IRS at 1-800-829-3676 or www.irs.gov.
 
For additional information, refer to the IRS EITC web page at:
 
 

California Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

Families may also be eligible to receive the California Earned Income Tax Credit (California EITC) starting in the 2015 calendar tax year. The California EITC is a refundable state income tax credit for low-income individuals and families. The California EITC is treated in the same manner as the Federal EITC and generally will not be used to determine eligibility for welfare benefits under California law.
 
Families who owe no state taxes may claim the California EITC by filing a California income tax return and completing the California EITC form (FTB 3514). Information regarding eligibility requirements for the California EITC including how to obtain the necessary forms is available by contacting the Franchise Tax Board at 1-800-852-5711 or through www.ftb.ca.gov.
 
For additional information, refer to the California EITC web page at:
 
 
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