For Immediate Release: Friday, February 26, 2016
California Democrats Contact: Michael Soller, 916-503-8480 / 213-446-1851 cell
CalEITC Campaign Contact: Marika Rose, 916-601-9737
As Democrats Convention kicks off in San Jose …
California Democrats and CalEITC4Me Launch Tax Time Push to Return Hundreds of Millions of Dollars to Working Californians
Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins, State Controller Betty T. Yee and CalEITC4Me Chair Joseph Sanberg promote volunteer effort for tax season
SAN JOSE – Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins, State Controller Betty T. Yee, and Joseph N. Sanberg, CalEITC4Me Chair will join California Democratic Party volunteers for a press conference to announce a tax-season push to help California’s working poor qualify for the state’s new Earned Income Tax Credit. The press conference will be on Friday, February 26, 2016, NOON-12:30 PM as the Democrats State Convention opens in San Jose.
Led by Speaker Atkins and Governor Jerry Brown, California legislators created the $380 million Cal Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) in 2015. Combined with the federal earned income tax credit, it could bring a $2.3 billion stimulus for California’s economy.
“The economy is getting stronger day by day, but it’s taking time for the recovery to reach all Californians. This tax credit will help the lowest income working families and individuals,” said Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins. “However, for the state EITC to work to its full power, and help the maximum number of families and communities, we need to get the word out.”
Nearly 600,000 Californians are eligible to apply, and a family could receive an average cash back refund of $900 at tax time. As many as 90,000 are eligible in the Bay Area, this includes up to 20,000 who are eligible in Santa Clara County.
“California’s Earned Income Tax Credit will provide a much needed boost to low-income working families and to local economies, relieving the financial burden of daily living expenses for hundreds of thousands of families,” said State Controller Betty T. Yee. “This benefit is a matter of fairness to ensure these families are not left behind in our economic recovery.”
“The earned income tax credit is a good deal for working people and shows our leaders are serious about fighting poverty in our state,” said California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton.
The California Democratic Party is joining forces with CalEITC4Me, a statewide campaign involving community, faith, civic, labor and business leaders to ensure that the first-ever CalEITC winds up in the hands of those who worked hard to earn it. California Democratic Party volunteers will help educate Californians about the free resources including professional tax-filing assistance available to them.
“Last year, $1.8 billion in potentially life-changing federal EITC refunds went unclaimed by eligible working Californians. We welcome the Democratic Party in joining forces with the Governor, Speaker Atkins, Controller Yee and our hundreds of partners across the state to reach as many Californians as possible who are eligible for the federal and now a new state EITC this tax season,” said Joseph N. Sanberg, CalEITC4Me Chair. “It requires all of us playing a role in connecting with eligible families and individuals where they live, eat, work, worship and shop, and their partnership is going to help us do just that.”
Californians must file their taxes by April 18 to qualify for the new credit. Single mothers working part-time are the largest groups of Californians who are eligible to receive the new Earned Income Tax Credit. An eligibility calculator is available at www.CalEITC4Me.org.
ABOUT DEMOCRATS CONVENTION: The California Democrats State Convention is the largest annual gathering of elected leaders and grassroots volunteers. Vice President Joe Biden will give a keynote address to more than 3,000 expected attendees on Saturday, February 27.
U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer will speak during general session on Saturday, and former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich will address guests at the California Democratic Party dinner on Saturday evening. Delegates and observers will also hear from statewide, Congressional and Legislative leaders, and invited speakers.
The final speaking schedule will be available prior to Convention. Learn more at www.cadem.org/convention.
RSVP required for media access to the General Session Hall and Convention Center locations. Visit www.cadem.org/convention/registration/media to apply for media credential to cover Convention.
CalEITC4Me is a public-private partnership to spread awareness of the first-ever state Earned Income Tax Credit and put more money into the hands of hard-working Californians. CalEITC4ME is a one-stop, multilingual online hub of information and interactive resources. Innovative online tools have been developed to include the CalEITC4Me Calculator, a user-friendly tool, created for California by the Intuit Financial Freedom Foundation, where individuals can determine their new state and federal EITC eligibility and potential refund in a few easy steps; the Free Tax Prep Finder which connects families to local free tax preparation services; and the interactive CalEITC4Me Heat Map that allows nonprofits, government agencies and others to identify key regions of eligible filers by ZIP code and other searchable criteria. To learn more about CalEITC4Me, click here. To learn more about Golden State Opportunity, click here. Follow the event on social media at Twitter handle @CalEITC4Me and Facebook.com/CalEITC4Me.