News Round-Up: April 22, 2019

Top story: The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy and the Center on Poverty and Social Policy at Columbia University released a new report that makes the case for expanding state-level Child Tax Credits to reduce child poverty. (TCWF)

  • Massachusetts lawmakers amended an appropriations bill, H3800, to include an expansion of the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) from 30 to 50 percent of the federal credit. The bill will receive a second reading from the House Committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling today. (Massachusetts Legislature)
  • The Montana State Senate passed legislation to review several corporate and personal income tax credits between 2019 and 2027, including the state EITC, to determine if the credits should be amended or eliminated. The legislation now heads to the House for consideration. (Montana State Legislature)
  • Gabrielle Paluch, a contributing reporter for the Center for Public Integrity, questioned why an EITC expansion wasn’t included in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, considering the widespread bipartisan support for the credit as a tool to lower taxes for lower-income working families. (The Center for Public Integrity)
  • We blogged about a new study that links EITC expansions to increased earnings and reduced income inequality for D.C. taxpayers. (TCWF)