Earned Income Tax Credit
New Post September 3, 2021: President Biden's Administration has asked all school districts to share important news and tools to ensure families receive their portion of the Advance Child Tax Credit (CTC) made possible by the American Rescue Plan. Estimates suggest that about seven million children and their families who are eligible for the CTC have not received the credit. The Council and the Administration are aware that many of the children have caregivers who may not have filed taxes recently or may be apprehensive about signing up for the CTC through a federal portal. So, if you have yet to take advantage of this benefit, and you don't know whether you and your child(ren) are eligible, check the following links to determine if you qualify, and sign up as soon as you can.
- ChildTaxCredit.gov - This is a one-stop shop for information about the CTC.
- IRS Non-Filer Tool - The IRS portal allows people who are not automatically enrolled in the CTC to sign up for the CTC and any economic impact payments they may have missed, even if they are not applying for the CTC. Someone not filing for CTC can still file just for the economic impact payments through the non-filer sign-up tool.
- Q&A About the Advance Child Tax Credit Payments
- ZIP Code-Level Data on Eligible Non-Filers from the U.S. Department of the Treasury
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. The EITC is a benefit for working people with low to moderate income. They must meet certain requirements and file a tax return, even if taxes are not owed or households are not required to file, to qualify. The EITC reduces the amount of tax households owe and may allow for a refund.