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Increased credits also have demonstrated improvement later in a child’s life through improved school performance, increased college enrollment, and increased earnings in adulthood. Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota advocated for the creation of and continues to advocate for improvements to the Working Family Credit (the state version of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit) and protecting the Renter’s Credit. CDF-MN continually works to improve the Minnesota Child and Dependent Care Credit and supports a refundable state Child Tax Credit. In 2016, lawmakers passed an increased and expanded Child and Dependent Care Credit and Working Family Credit in their final tax bill. The bill increases the size of the Working Family Credit for most currently eligible individuals and families, raises the income threshold to qualify for the credit, and for workers without dependent children, lowers the age to qualify from 25 to 21. As of June 1, 2016, Governor Dayton had not signed the tax bill into law.
CDF-MN supports tax policy that improves economic stability for low- and moderate-income families and provides revenue for programs that allow children to thrive and produce a high return on investment for our state. We support a progressive tax code that ensures opportunities for Minnesota’s children, and we focus on state tax credits that recognize the additional costs of raising children, encourage work and move families closer to economic stability.