2012 California Codes
RTC - Revenue and Taxation Code
DIVISION 2 - OTHER TAXES [6001 - 60709]
Section 19851

CA Rev & Tax Code § 19851 (through 2013 Leg Sess) What's This?

The Legislature finds and declares as follows:

(a) Congress created the federal earned income tax credit (EITC) in 1975 to offset the adverse effects of the Medicare and social security payroll taxes on working poor families and to encourage low-income workers to seek employment rather than welfare.

(b) Due to a relatively low percentage of federal earned income tax credit eligible persons who participate in the federal Earned Income Tax Credit program, hundreds of millions of federal dollars go unclaimed by the working poor in California.

(c) In order to alleviate the tax burden on working poor persons and families, to enhance the wages and income of working poor persons and families, to ensure that California receives its share of the federal money available in the federal Earned Income Tax Credit program, and to inject additional federal money into the California economy, the state shall facilitate the furnishing of information to working poor persons and families regarding the availability of the federal earned income tax credit so that they may claim that credit on their federal income tax returns.

(d) It is the intent of this act to offer the most cost-effective assistance to eligible taxpayers through the following:

(1) Notices provided by their employers.

(2) Notices provided by state departments and agencies that serve those who may qualify for the EITC.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 452, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2012.)

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