In 2018, the Earned Income Tax Coalition brought back over $14 million dollars in Federal Earned Income Tax Credit refunds to San Diego County families!
The Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC), both the federal EITC and state CalEITC, are tax credits for low- to moderate-income working families and individuals. EITC can help you reduce your tax liability and, in many cases, put money in your pocket.
To qualify for the EITC, you must have worked during at least part of the previous year, meet certain income requirements, and file your taxes. You must file your taxes to receive the EITC, even if you did not earn enough money to be required to file. The EITC benefit is retroactive for three years, so review whether you filed for the EITC in recent years. If you meet the eligibility requirements and have not filed for the previous three years you may be entitled to an even larger refund check!
United Way continues to lead the San Diego Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Coalition, offering free tax preparation to local families and individuals with low to moderate income. Free tax preparation is available in San Diego County to most low and moderate income households*. There are two easy ways to see if you qualify to file for free:
If your household* earned $66,000 or less in 2018, click on the button above or visit myfreetaxes.org and file your taxes from the comfort of your home.
File in Person:
Most households* earning approximately $54,884 or less in 2018 qualify to file their taxes with a certified tax preparer. Call 2-1-1 or log onto myfreetaxes.org to see if you qualify and make an appointment at a site near you. Tax preparation is available in multiple languages and throughout San Diego County.
*A household includes all individuals listed on your tax return
What to Bring:
In addition to tax preparation, several sites offer other services such as screening for CalFresh, child care, utility bill and other benefits; nutritional activities; Affordable Care Act enrollment information; and opportunities to enroll in financial education classes. Ask your tax preparer for further details.
Participation in free tax preparation or any other additional services will not impact CalWORKS, CalFRESH, or Medi-Cal benefits.