FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 16, 2020
Unai Montes (Bilingual)
Communications Director, United Ways of California
(213) 476 8742 cell
CalEITC Coalition Urgently Calls on Governor Newsom to Deploy Critical Resources Now to Boost Anti-Poverty Tax Credits to All Working Californians, Regardless of Immigration Status, In Light of California COVID-19 State of Emergency
600,000 Californians without SSNs Prepare and File Income Taxes with ITINs; Their Exclusion From CalEITC and Young Child Tax Credit Makes Their 200,000 (Mostly U.S. Born) Children Even More Vulnerable in Wake of Economic Response to Nation’s Health Pandemic
What: The Coronavirus outbreak is already having a significant economic impact on our communities, hitting some Californians harder than others. Legislative champions and the CalEITC Coalition—made up of over 45 California anti-poverty, immigrants’ rights, faith-based organizations and children’s advocates — continue to build momentum and speak out about the unjust exclusion of ITIN filers from the CalEITC, one of our state’s most powerful means of lifting families out of poverty and buffering against economic crisis. Additionally, ITIN filers are still not allowed to take advantage of the Young Child Tax Credit. With our nation in a state of emergency and the level of economic uncertainty ramping up, CalEITC is calling for Governor Newsom to change these two tax credits immediately, in time to promote the programs for an April 15, 2020 income tax filing season….making a California for ALL.