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Healthy Families Tax Credits Coalition Statement on MA House tax relief package

The Healthy Families Tax Credits Coalition celebrates the inclusion of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child and Family Tax Credit in the House’s tax relief package unveiled this week. These expansions prioritize caregivers and low wage workers and signal the House’s recommitment to investing in the well-being of Massachusetts families and health of our communities.

The House proposal to raise the state EITC from 30 to 40 percent of the federal credit and establish an inclusive Child and Family Tax Credit of $600 per dependent phased in over three years would provide permanent tax equity to over one million families across Massachusetts. These changes would put money back into the pockets of families struggling to afford food, rent, child care, and school supplies and make a meaningful difference, particularly in marginalized communities, in the everyday lives of people across the Commonwealth.

These evidence-based investments respond to the financial realities facing families and build upon recent proposals from the Legislature and Administration.

Massachusetts has an opportunity to lead the nation in prioritizing families with low incomes through equitable tax policies. The House’s EITC and Child and Family Tax Credit expansions are critical steps to support racial and economic equity, affordability, and family health. The Healthy Families Tax Credits Coalition looks forward to working with the Legislature to swiftly pass evidence-based investments.