Healthy Families Tax Credits Coalition Sends Massachusetts Senate Letter with 105 Organizations to Support Tax Equity

The recent Massachusetts Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) expansion, designed to uplift low-wage workers, currently leaves people behind when it should treat all workers equally. As the State prepares the fiscal year 2025 budget, the Healthy Families Tax Credit Coalition, led by Children’s HealthWatch requests tax equity by extending eligibility for the EITC to income-eligible working immigrants who file taxes with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).

Immigrants who work in Massachusetts are a vital part of the economy. The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center estimates that extending eligibility would cost $22.6 to $28 million and support up to 76,000 Massachusetts residents in 26,000 households, depending on uptake. Two-thirds of these families are mixed-status, meaning they contain US citizens who are excluded from the EITC if just one member is ineligible for a Social Security Number.

The letter linked below is signed by 105 organizations who support this policy change.