In the first half of 2018, Governor Baker, the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Senate all agreed to increase the Massachusetts Earned Income Tax Credit to 30% of the federal credit in their respective budget proposals. This increase is a victory for 400,000 families in Massachusetts and will help them make ends meet, and will even improve their health.
However, it is vital that we remain committed to strengthening the Massachusetts EITC. The new federal tax law will erode the value of the federal EITC and state EITC, and this means families will see the value of their federal and state EITC decrease by hundreds of dollars by 2027, resulting in less money to make ends meet. Combine this with stagnant wages in Massachusetts, continuing to strengthen the Massachusetts EITC remains important to the health and well-being of children and their families.
Strengthening the Massachusetts EITC includes:
1. Increasing the state EITC to 50% of the value of the federal EITC.
2. Directing the Department of Revenue to engage in a comprehensive promotion and outreach campaign will ensure families are aware of and claim the EITC.
3. Establishing $800,000 in funding to Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites in Massachusetts will ensure families have access to free, IRS-certified tax preparation services.
Increasing the state EITC to 50 percent of the federal credit could help families catch up on back rent, avoid an eviction, or allow families to pay for four months-worth of transportation costs, household heating costs for an entire winter, 4 to 5 months of groceries for a family of 4, or 3 months of child care in a center-based daycare for a 4-year-old without sacrificing other needs. Research shows that when families are able to afford basic needs, their children are in better health. For more information on EITC, visit the Healthy Families EITC Coalition's webpage and view our fact sheet.
Please consider sending a message thanking your legislator for increasing the Massachusetts EITC and asking your legislator to remain committed to strengthening the state EITC. To send a message to your legislator, fill in your contact information below so that we can locate your legislator’s email addresses (we will not share your information). Once you enter your contact information, a pre-drafted email will appear and all you have to do is press, "Send". It's that easy.