CalEITC and the Golden State Stimulus


The California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) is a refundable tax credit that puts money back in the pockets of low-income working people. Modeled off of the Federal EITC, it is one of the most effective tools for addressing poverty, as it helps people afford basic necessities like rent, groceries, and transportation. Legislators support the EITC because it boosts local economic growth while building economic security.

Unfortunately, many people who work were excluded from the CalEITC because of the number they used to file their taxes. This exclusion widened income inequality in our state, exacerbated systemic inequities within our tax system, and disregarded so many of California’s immigrant families who contribute to our state’s economic and social vitality, but continue to be excluded from Unemployment Insurance, federal relief, and other financial supports during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, after years of hard-fought advocacy, CIPC and its partners in the CalEITC coalition finally achieved an end to this historic exclusion. No longer will workers be excluded from the CalEITC because of their status or the number they use to file taxes. An estimated 600,000 people in California can now benefit from additional financial resources to help make ends meet, which is made all the more critical in light of COVID-19. 

Additionally, when the Governor announced the Golden State Stimulus to provide one-time payments for Californians during the pandemic, we worked with our partners to secure additional relief for immigrants who were excluded from federal stimulus payments. As a result of our collective efforts, immigrant workers in California are able to get up to $2200 in Golden State Stimulus payments, and over 600,000 immigrant households in California have benefited.

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