LOS ANGELES, June 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Legislature’s modest inclusion of tax filers that use an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) with children under 6 in California’s Earned Income Tax Credit and the Young Child Tax Credit is a good step, but we need more. The new proposal would only reach approximately 32,000 to 46,000 tax filers and their families, leaving out a vast majority of ITIN filers, including 178,000 children. With income disparities growing throughout the state, California’s advocates have been pushing for an inclusive CalEITC for over three years. Now, with a looming recession, we need this inclusive policy to protect California’s nearly 600,000 individuals and their families from falling deeper into poverty and to address structural inequities embedded in our state’s tax system.
California has long been a leader on immigrant rights work, but this year, Colorado is poised to become the first in the nation to enact an inclusive state earned income tax credit for immigrant workers and their families. The Colorado expansion will encompass all workers who file taxes with an ITIN and their families in the Centennial State – no worker or family with children will be left out.