April 14, 2015
April 14, 2015
Contact: Kalitha Williams, 614.221.4505
Following a report last week detailing shortcomings of Ohio's Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Policy Matters Ohio has created state legislative district fact sheets showing how an improved state credit would benefit families in your community.The federal EITC is the nation’s most powerful anti-poverty program. Nearly 1 million Ohioans claim the credit, bringing over $2 billion back into local communities.
Ohio’s EITC could be a much more powerful tool for helping working families provide for their children. Only about 7 percent of Ohio’s poorest workers – those earning $19,000 or less – see any benefit from the state credit.
Unlike the federal credit, Ohio’s state EITC is not refundable, meaning it cannot exceed what a taxpayer owes in income taxes. It also has a cap: For those earning more than $20,000, it cannot exceed half of what is owed in income tax.
The Policy Matters fact sheets show the impact of the federal credit and estimate how a non-capped, refundable state EITC would benefit families in individual House and Senate districts. In 82 of 88 House districts and 32 of 33 Senate districts, at least 10 percent of Ohio tax filers claim the credit. Read Making Ohio’s EITC work for workers for a detailed analysis of the current state EITC and how Ohio families would benefit from an improved credit.
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