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Massachusetts and Missouri Consider Earned Income Tax Credit for 2017

State-based EITC policies benefit working families and the children who need the most support.

The Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC, is often described as one of the most effective anti-poverty tools available, because it's a refundable tax credit that flows directly to working low-income citizens. It rewards work, increases economic mobility, reduces inequality, and improves children's health.

Common Sense Kids Action supports the state-based EITC policy, because it offers a cash-back tax credit available to qualifying low- and moderate-income working individuals and families. Evidence from the federal EITC shows that it helps recipients improve their economic stability and that kids from recipient families perform better in school.

In Massachusetts, lawmakers are considering an increase to the state EITC of 5 percent, from 23 percent to 28 percent of the value of the federal EITC for all eligible recipients. Taking this step would give Massachusetts the highest EITC rate in the country.

Lawmakers in Missouri are considering adopting a state EITC that would benefit working families and the children who need the most support. The EITC would improve the health and long-term economic prospects of more than 1.3 million Missourians, including nearly 600,000 children. The policy would also lift nearly 100,000 Missourians out of poverty every year, including more than 50,000 children, and would keep parents working.

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JR Starrett
JR oversees Let's Invest Large in Youth (LILY), a multi state program for Common Sense Kids Action. In this capacity JR works with a team of internal and external stakeholders to identify and introduce state based legislation that will positively impact kids. Prior to joining Common Sense, JR served as a seasoned political operative managing campaign efforts for some of the nation’s most competitive races. JR was recognized as a Rising Star by Campaigns and Elections magazine in 2014. He currently lives in San Francisco with his wife Morgan. JR is a frequent contributor to Campaigns and Elections Magazine, contributing to the Campaign Insider column.