The Nonrefundable Renter's Credit is for California residents who paid rent for their principal residence for at least 6 months in 2020 and whose adjusted gross income does not exceed $43,533 ($87,066 for Married Filing Jointly).
The Nonrefundable Renter's Credit is a personal income tax credit that is nonrefundable and can only be used to offset your tax liability, meaning that if you don't owe any taxes, this credit will NOT give you a refund. It can only lower the amount you owe to $0.
If you qualify for the credit, we'll calculate the amount of credit you're allowed to claim - you won't need to file an additional forms. This credit isn't available to homeowners.