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Twenty States Consider Action on the Earned Income Tax Credit
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.
Providing tax credits to people currently in the workforce, the EITC increases employment and encourages people, especially single mothers, to work more hours. In combination with the federal Child Tax Credit (CTC), the federal EITC lifted some 10 million people above the poverty line in 2014, 5 million of them children, and raised the incomes of another 22 million people. A state EITC would also put more money in the pockets of people likely to spend it at local businesses to buy groceries or pay for child care or other basics.
Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and West Virginia
Twenty states are currently considering policies that would create, expand, promote, or retract EITC benefits. Contact your legislator today in support of the EITC.
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Update, March 16, 2017: Maine's SP 81 was signed into law on March 16, 2017, legislation that promotes the Maine Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) by establishing EITC Awareness Day.