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The Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition (EITC) returned more than $38 million to San Diego County individuals and families through federal and state tax refunds. 

The collaborative efforts of the EITC, United Way of San Diego County, and 211 San Diego lead to the completion of 41,373 tax returns, which allowed 6,043 households to claim a total of $9,014,145 in Federal EITC credits. Additionally, there were 5,015 households that claimed $1,046,901 in State CalEITC credits and 3,850 households that claimed $10,205,241 in Child Tax Credits.

The EITC helps low- to moderate-income workers and families reduce the taxes they owe or increase their refunds. Combined with the state CalEITC and the Young Child Tax Credit (YCTC), taxpayers can receive hundreds or even thousands of extra dollars back on their taxes each year.

“Federal and state tax credits can provide much-needed financial relief to families,” said William York, President, and CEO of 211 San Diego. “Thankfully, new and existing tax credits and cash-back payments are available to more San Diegans than ever before. We’re proud to work with the EITC Coalition to help spread the word and provide some certainty to hardworking families.”

The coalition said it saw an increase in the number of overall sites and in-person activities, with a total of 11 organizations operating in-person, virtual, and drop-off services. There were seven more available sites operating in person compared to last year. 

“Through the Coalition’s tax assistance services, we’re able to put funds back into the pockets of those who need it most, not only giving them peace of mind, but also an opportunity to make ends meet. Our organization works to end the deep disparities that exist in our communities and address family instability throughout our region. To continue that mission, financial security for our community members is critical,” said Nancy L. Sasaki, President, and CEO, of United Way of San Diego County.

Individuals and families can still file their taxes even though the tax deadline has passed. People can call 2-1-1 to learn about the qualifications for tax credits, including the federal EITC, the CalEITC, and the YCTC. . If you are eligible for free tax preparation, 211’s Community Connectors can schedule an appointment for you. 

For more information about available tax credits and eligibility, visit or call 2-1-1.

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