California families leaving millions in tax credits on the table

An estimated 1 million California households that are struggling amid the COVID-19 pandemic have yet to tap into two state programs aimed at keeping them out of poverty.

The Golden State Stimulus provides low-income Californians and others a one-time payment of $600 for those who make less than $30,000 a year and filed tax returns using a Social Security number.

Others, including undocumented residents who accessed the California Earned Income Tax Credit, made less than $75,000 and filed using an individual taxpayer identification number, can get $1,200.

To qualify, residents cannot be claimed as a dependent and must be a state resident who has lived in California for more than half

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