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Who is a qualifying child for the California Earned Income Tax Credit?

A qualifying child for the California Earned Income Tax Credit is a child who meets the following 3 tests:

  1. Is a son, daughter, stepchild, foster child, brother, sister, half brother, half sister, stepbrother, stepsister, or a descendant of any of them (for example, your grandchild, niece, or nephew)
  2. Was under age 19 at the end of 2018, was under age 24 and a student at the end of 2018, or any age and permanently and totally disabled
  3. Lived with you in California for more than half of 2018

A child is considered to have lived with you for all of 2018 if the child was born or died in 2018 and your home was this child's home for the entire time he or she was alive in 2018. Temporary absences for special circumstances, such as for school, vacation, medical care, military service, or detention in a juvenile facility, count as time lived at home.

To be your qualifying child, a child must be younger than you unless the child is permanently and totally disabled.

A child cannot be your qualifying child if he or she files a joint return, unless the return was filed only as a claim for refund.

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