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CA Foster Youth Tax Credit (FYTC)

For more information and references, please see How Tax Filing Benefits Foster Youth by John Burton Advocates for Youth.

For tax year 2023, the Foster Youth Tax Credit (FYTC) provides up to $1,117 per eligible individual. The CA Foster Youth Tax Credit may provide you with cash back or reduce any tax you owe.

Current and former foster youth must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Qualify for the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC)
  • Were ages 18 to 25 at the end of the tax year
  • Were in foster care at age 13 or older and placed through the California foster care system
  • Claim the credit on the 2023 FTB 3514 form, California Earned Income Tax Credit, or follow the instructions on your tax software
  • Satisfy foster care verification requirement

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