Did you find out you were eligible for the California Earned Income Tax Credit after you filed your taxes? Good news, you can still get this cash-back credit.
1: GET HELP
Go to your tax preparer and request to file an amended return.
Even though it is past April 18, free tax preparation sites are still open in neighborhoods across the state. To find one, visit our Free Tax Prep Finder and enter your zip code.
2: DO IT YOURSELF
You can also claim the credit by filling out forms yourself.
To get started, download and complete Form 540X: https://www.ftb.ca.gov/forms/2015/15_540x.pdf
Follow these directions when completing the Form 540X: https://www.ftb.ca.gov/forms/2016/16_540xins.pdf
To determine if you are eligible for CalEITC, download, complete and attach the Form 3514 to your amended return: https://www.ftb.ca.gov/forms/2016/16_3514.pdf
Follow these directions when completing the Form 3514: https://www.ftb.ca.gov/forms/2016/16_3514ins.pdf
Mail the Form 540X and Form 3514 to:
FRANCHISE TAX BOARD
PO BOX 942840
SACRAMENTO CA 94240-0001
Currently, there is no way to file this form electronically.
Revised on May 3, 2017