News Round Up: May 21, 2018

Here are some highlights from the past week’s news on family tax credit issues:

Top Story: Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) signed legislation to eliminate the minimum age requirement for the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). (TCWF)

  • Vermont Governor Phil Scott (R) vetoed a budget and tax plan approved by the legislature that included an expansion of the state’s EITC from 32 to 36 percent of the federal credit. State lawmakers will convene in a special session this week. (Burlington Free Press)
  • Legislation to create a state-level EITC came very close to passing in Missouri, but ultimately did not cross the finish line after the state Senate removed the EITC provision from the bill in its final days. (The Kansas City Star)
  • An American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) review of free tax preparation services provided to low-income taxpayers at four clinics across Boston in 2016 and 2017 finds that such services at urban clinics are a “promising, feasible financial intervention to increase tax filing and refunds, save fees and link clients to the EITC.” (AAP News & Journals Gateway)