Save the EITC
One of the state’s most effective tools for reducing poverty and building economic security is in jeopardy. House Republicans, led by Speaker Cotter, want to eliminate the Michigan Earned Income Tax Credit, effectively raising taxes on 780,500 low-income working families raising 1 million children.
The House in June voted to eliminate it as part of the House GOP plan to fix Michigan’s roads. The $117 million saved from ending the state EITC is a drop in the bucket of a $1.2 billion roads plan.
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About the Michigan EITC:
- The Earned Income Tax Credit lets low- and moderate-income working families keep more of what they earn to help pay for things that allow them to keep working, such as child care and transportation.
- Only people who work can claim this credit.
- In 2013, 780,500 Michigan families, raising 1 million children, benefited from the EITC with an average credit of $140.
- With the repeal of the state EITC, those making less than $17,000 and those between $17,000 and $34,000 will be paying almost 10% of their incomes in total state and local taxes – double what the top 1% pays (5.1%).
- Lawmakers cut the EITC 70% in 2011, hiking taxes $285 million on our lowest earners, while at the same time giving businesses a $1.65 billion tax break.
Get the facts on the Michigan EITC
Find out how many households received EITC in your county in tax year 2013