New York Treats Poor Families Under Its Income Tax Better Than Most Other States
New Yorks 1999 income tax threshold the income level at which families begin paying income tax:
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For two-parent families of four: $23,000.
For single-parent families of three: $21,800.
New Yorks 1999 income tax for working-poor and near-poor families:
For families of four with poverty-line incomes ($17,028): $490 refund.
For families of three with poverty-line incomes ($13,290): $697 refund.
For families of three or four with minimum-wage earnings ($10,712): $763 refund.
For families of four with incomes at 125% of the poverty line ($21,285): $140 refund.
For families of three with incomes at 125% of the poverty line ($16,613): $423 refund.
New York has consistently exempted families with below-poverty earnings from the income tax.
Because New Yorks tax threshold for families of four was increased substantially during the 1990s, the threshold has risen further above the poverty line. (See chart.)
In 1991, a family of four owed no tax until its income reached 1 percent above the poverty line. New Yorks tax threshold is now 35 percent above the poverty line.