State Launches Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Week, Promotes Program to Put Millions of Dollars Back in the Hands of Hard-Working Californians


SACRAMENTO – The Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. will host a press call tomorrow – led by State Controller Betty Yee, Executive Secretary in the Office of the Governor Nancy McFadden, Chair of the CalEITC4Me Campaign Joe Sanberg and United Ways of California President and CEO Pete Manzo – to discuss the California Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program and efforts to ensure more hard-working Californians access these important benefits.

Governor Brown’s 2015-16 Budget established the state’s first EITC, designed to complement the federal EITC. California’s poorest working families are eligible for both state and federal EITC benefits. Last year, nearly 400,000 families received the cash-back CalEITC, sharing a total of $200 million. That’s money that went to pay rent, buy food and cover other expenses. However, an estimated $2 billion of combined state and federal EITC were left unclaimed last year.

Governor Brown today issued a proclamation to recognize the importance of the CalEITC and to encourage Californians to spread the word about this underutilized resource.

CalEITC Press Call
When: Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
Call Information: This call is open to credentialed media only. Reporters who wish to join should dial 800-230-1096. Please join the call 5 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to register with the operator and be placed into conference.