EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT (EITC)
Rate (Fully-Refundable): 9% of the federal credit1
Eligibility Requirements: All Indiana taxpayers must have filed for the federal credit and are subject to slightly different income thresholds than the federal guidelines. See the 2015 IT-40 Individual Income Tax Booklet for more details.
Latest Legislative Action: During the 2016 legislative session, lawmakers considered a bill that would have increased the state EITC to 10% of the federal credit.
- Indiana’s EITC was created in 1999 but was not based on the federal credit. In 2003, Indiana switched to an EITC model that replicated the federal program at 6% of the federal credit. This rate was raised to 9% in 2009 as part of a property tax reform package.2
- While the federal program was expanded under a 2010 federal tax relief act, Indiana took action to decouple its state eligibility guidelines from the federal system in 2011. As a result, those claiming Indiana’s EITC no longer benefitted from increased payouts for families with three or more children or the reduction of the “marriage penalty,” which started the income phase-out at a higher income level for married couples.3
CHILD TAX CREDIT (CTC)
Indiana does not currently offer a state-level CTC.
CHILD AND DEPENDENT CARE TAX CREDIT (CDCTC)
Indiana does not currently offer a state-level CDCTC.