Advocates Push for ‘Tax Fairness’ with Expanded Child Tax Credits

Originally posted on Public News Service.

As Massachusetts lawmakers work to finalize tax-relief measures, advocates for low-income families are calling for an expansion of tax credits proven to reduce poverty.

Advocates want to increase the Earned Income Tax Credit state match rate from 30% to 50%, expand the credit to working immigrants and pass an inclusive Child and Family Tax Credit.

Charlotte Bruce, senior research and policy analyst for Children’s HealthWatch, said the tax credits will ultimately benefit the entire state.

“When you’re putting money back into families’ pockets, you’re not only supporting their ability to afford basic needs and cost of living,” Bruce explained. “They’re also putting that money right back into their local economies.”

Bruce noted all eyes are on the Senate to see how targeted their tax package will be as both Gov. Maura Healy and House lawmakers have already proposed some credit expansions. Bruce emphasized both tax credits reach overlapping but different populations to provide some relief in one of the country’s most expensive states.