A Feb. 6 Orange County Register article on the new California Earned Income Tax Credit highlights Tanya James, a KYCC tax client who benefitted from this new program.

James, a single mother of three, needed to stay home more with her youngest child, who has a disability. This greatly impacted the family’s finances last year.

“So the $325 in extra money that went to James in 2016 from the new California Earned Income Tax Credit was no small change. It helped cover household and educational costs – and eased her mind in case of emergency expenses.

‘Just to know if I needed a new tire for the car or new brake pads, at least I had the $325 I could put toward something major,’ James said.

In addition to a similar federal tax credit she received, James said the state money “was like a double sundae with cherries and nuts and whipped cream on top.”

Introduced last year, CALEITC supports extremely low-income wage earners filing tax returns, bringing back an average credit of $519 to families making less than $14,000 a year.

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