CORONA VIRUS / COVID-19 ADVISORY

Due to the health risks posed by the Corona Virus tragedy, our office is following the directives of the governor of California in order to minimize the risks to our staff, our clients and our community. Our office will continue to operate fully, as it has thus far, observing our normal schedule, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. We will continue to schedule appointments to meet with clients and will do this via ZOOM or Telephone only.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with any of our lawyers or staff members, please do so by calling our office at 619-291-1112. You can also contact us via e-mail at [email protected]

Thank you for your understanding.

AVISO DE CORONA VIRUS / COVID-19

Debido a los riesgos para la salud planteados por la tragedia del Virus Corona, nuestra oficina está siguiendo las directivas del gobernador de California para minimizar los riesgos para nuestro personal, nuestros clientes y nuestra comunidad. Nuestra oficina seguirá funcionando a pleno, como lo ha hecho hasta ahora, cumpliendo con nuestro horario habitual, de lunes a viernes de 8:30 a.m. a 5:30 p.m. Continuaremos programando citas para reunirnos con los clientes y lo haremos solo a través de ZOOM o por teléfono.

Si desea programar una cita con alguno de nuestros abogados o miembros del personal, hágalo llamando a nuestra oficina al 619-291-1112. También puede contactarnos por correo electrónico a [email protected]

Gracias por su comprensión.

Resolving Immigration ProblemsIn An Honest & Responsible Manner

California expands tax benefits for immigrants

Residents of California should know that the state’s tax laws have been amended. On Sept. 18, Governor Gavin Newsom signed state law AB 1876, which expands earned income tax credit benefits to immigrants in the state. California’s lawmakers have reportedly long believed that immigrants deserve access to all the same benefits as citizens. In crafting and passing this bill, they’ve made it much easier for low-income immigrants to get by in the state.

Earned income tax credit

An earned income tax credit, or EITC, essentially provides a refund of taxes to low-income individuals. It’s available to single people, married couples and families. There’s a federal EITC in the United States, and California has one at the state level too. It’s this California state tax law that’s been affected by AB 1876. As a state with a large immigrant population, California is seeking ways to honor these residents’ contributions and help them adapt to life in the United States.

The role of business closures

Immigrants in low-paying jobs have been disproportionately affected by business closures, social distancing measures and layoffs. Many immigrants to California work in the service industry as dishwashers, waitstaff, custodians and so on. It’s hoped that the state’s expanded EITC law will help these service workers make it through a difficult year.

Immigrants who have questions about how citizenship status will affect them at tax time may want to reach out for help. An experienced immigration attorney may be able to help them understand what their rights and responsibilities are under the law. Credits like the EITC may incentivize more immigrants to file tax returns.

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