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  • Together, State Minimum Wages and State Earned Income Tax Credits Make Work Pay
    Jason Levitis and Nicholas Johnson
    Revised November 20, 2006

    In recent years, federal policies aimed at ensuring adequate income for working families have not kept up with inflation, leaving many working families struggling to make ends meet. The particular culprit is the federal minimum wage, which has not been adjusted for inflation since 1997. Other policies such as the federal Earned …
  • The Impact of Hawaii's Income Tax on Low-Income Families: An Update
    Jason Levitis and Nicholas Johnson
    May 4, 2006

    In the next few days, Hawaii’s legislature will consider the conference agreement on changes to Hawaii's income tax, HB957. This agreement, which appears to have the support of legislative leadership and the governor, increases the standard deductions and expands the tax brackets beginning in tax year 2007. [1] The bill fails …
  • A Dubious Honor for Hawaii
    Jason Levitis and Nicholas Johnson
    April 17, 2006

    Last week, Alabama's governor signed into law new legislation that provides major income tax relief to low-income working families. As a result of this change in Alabama law, Hawaii — which was second to Alabama in the burden its income tax imposes on the poor — is on track to inherit Alabama’s standing as the …
  • The Impact of State Income Taxes on Low-Income Families in 2005
    Jason A. Levitis and Nicholas Johnson
    February 22, 2006

    Poor families in many states face substantial state income tax liability for the 2005 tax year. In 19 of the 42 states that levy income taxes, two-parent families of four with incomes below the federal poverty line are liable for income tax. In 16 of the 42 states, poor single-parent families of three pay income tax. And 31 of these states …
  • How Much Would a State Earned Income Tax Credit Cost?
    Jason Levitis
    February 1, 2006

    Nineteen states have enacted tax credits for low- and moderate-income working families based on the federal Earned Income Tax Credit.  A number of additional states are considering enacting EITCs in the 2006 legislative session.  The following provides guidelines that policymakers and others can use to estimate the cost of a refundable state Earned Income Tax Credit that is set at a …
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