The Michigan Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a tax credit for working families who have low earnings. Families with children receive a larger credit. Michigan’s current EITC—at just 6% of the federal credit—provides a huge help to working families struggling to make ends meet by boosting after-tax incomes. The EITC pulls Michigan families above the poverty line and delivers long-lasting benefits to children in these families. In tax year 2018, more than 729,600 families statewide received an average credit of $150, putting $110 million back into the local economy. But the EITC should do more. Fully restoring Michigan’s EITC to 20% of the federal credit—to its 2011 level—would mean an average credit of $500 for these families.
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