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Enroll LA

Enroll LA is a comprehensive LA Countywide engagement initiative that seeks to ensure eligible families and individuals access CalFresh and other public benefits they are eligible to receive. Families will also be encouraged to file their taxes to access the available tax credits. 


Funded by the California Community Foundation, Enroll LA engages 18 organizations to provide outreach, FREE CalFresh enrollment and FREE tax preparation service.

Considering the toll the pandemic has had in our community and the many barriers communities of color and/or immigrant backgrounds face in accessing resources/information such as the inability to speak English, immigration status, technology, perceived ineligibility, documentation requirements and more, this campaign is very important. We want to help ensure that people are staying healthy and accessing the financial resources available to them,  especially now as many people are still suffering from the devastating impacts of the pandemic or are struggling to get back on their feet.

 

What is CalFresh?

CalFresh (formerly known as Food Stamps) is an entitlement program that provides monthly benefits to assist low-income households in purchasing the food they need to maintain adequate nutritional levels. In general, these benefits are for any food or food product intended for human consumption. Benefits may not be used for items such as alcoholic beverages or cigarettes. CalFresh eligibility screening includes questions about the applicant’s household income, household size, expenses, utilities, membership in special populations (ie. veterans, adults over 60 years old, people with disabilities), and immigration status.


IMPORTANT NOTE: Even if the people applying for CalFresh are not U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents, they may apply on behalf of other members in the household who are. For example, undocumented parents can apply for these benefits for their US citizen children. Many people's immigration status is no longer at risk if they receive benefits such as CalFresh, Medi-Cal, Section 8, and Public Housing. The Biden Administration has eliminated the most restrictive Public Charge policies of the Trump Administration. This happened in March 2021 when the 1999 rules were reinstated.

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Tax Credits, What Are They?

Tax Credits are a reduction in the amount of taxes you owe. The credits are generally designed to encourage or reward certain types of behaviors that are considered beneficial to the economy, the environment, or to further any other purpose the government deems important. Our aim is to help families and/or individuals in obtaining the following credits: Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), California Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Young Child Tax Credit. 


Some credits are refundable and can INCREASE your tax refund by HUNDREDS of dollars! When you owe $0 in taxes, these credits are your refund. For example, if you owe $350 on your taxes and qualify for the $1,000 Child Tax Credit, you could get $650 back!

 

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

Who qualifies? Low-income people who work and file taxes with a Social Security number may be eligible. 


Amount: Up to $3,160 for families and $255 for workers without children.

California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC)

Who qualifies? California workers and families who earn less than $30,000 and file their taxes. Filers with an ITIN may qualify too.

Amount: Up to $3,160 for families and $255 for workers without children.

Child Tax Credit (CTC)

Who qualifies? Families with children 17 and younger and an adjusted gross income under $75,000 for single filers, $112,500 for heads of household, and $150,000 for those married filing jointly. If a child has a SSN, you can still get the CTC if you, the filer, have an ITIN.

Amount: Claim the increased Child Tax Credit, up to $3,600 dollars per child, when you file your taxes. If you received monthly payments, you may be able to claim up to $1,800 per child.

Young Child Tax Credit (YCTC)

Who qualifies? California families who earn less than $30,000 and have at least one child under 6. Families with ITIN filers may qualify too.

Amount: Up to $1,000

 

For more information, please contact us at (213) 417-8390 and ask for Daniel or visit EnrollLA.org.