San Diego County Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition encourages residents to claim credits before April 18 deadline
With the tax deadline emerging on April 18, United Way of San Diego County and 211 San Diego, in partnership with the Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition encourage low and moderate-income individuals and families that qualify to claim tax credit before its too late.
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) helps low- to moderate-income workers and families reduce the taxes they owe or increase their refund and put more money toward rent, school tuition, utilities, groceries, and other expenses. Combined with the state CalEITC and the Young Child Tax Credit (YCTC), taxpayers can receive a substantial amount of dollars back on their taxes.
According to San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher, one in five people misses out on EITC.
“We want working-class folks to be able to get that money that could go in their pockets and help them. We're just highlighting awareness right at the deadline, and want folks to know, there are resources to help them,” Fletcher said.
The EITC is among the most powerful anti-poverty programs in the nation. According to the EITC Coalition, research has proven it improves the health and educational outcomes of its beneficiaries.