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Minnesota Tax Credits for Workers and Families

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Strong tax credits for lower-income Minnesotans can boost their incomes and get children off to a stronger start in life. They also contribute to a fairer tax system in Minnesota. Our work on tax credits particularly focuses on the Working Family Credit and the Renters' Credit property tax refund.

More information on our advocacy efforts to strengthen Minnesota's state tax credits is available on our Working Family Credit and Renters' Credit agenda pages.

Research

April 2019

Prioritize Minnesota workers and their families by expanding the Working Family Credit

Everyday, many hard-working families across Minnesota struggle to make ends meet. We also know that the state's future economic success depends on more Minnesotans participating in the workforce. A stronger Working Family Credit would support the work efforts of hundreds of thousands of working Minnesotans, get Minnesota children off to a stronger start, and make Minnesota taxes more equitable.

March 2018

Who receives the Working Family Credit?

In 2015, more than 330,000 households received the Working Family Credit, which is more than 12 percent of all Minnesota households that file state income taxes in Minnesota. This state tax credit encourages and supports work, makes the tax system fairer, and helps working people all across the state meet their basic needs and support their families. About half of all workers and families that receive the credit live in Greater Minnesota, and half in the Twin Cities metro area. This issue brief includes information about the Working Family Credit for each Minnesota county.

March 2018

Who receives the Renters' Credit?

The Renters' Credit provides a property tax refund to low- and moderate-income renters whose property taxes are high in relation to their income. About 328,000 Minnesota households received the Renters’ Credit in 2015. Households including seniors and persons with disabilities make up 28 percent of all Renters’ Credit recipients, and in 12 Greater Minnesota counties, at least one-half of participating households included seniors and/or persons with disabilities. This issue brief includes information about the Renters' Credit for each Minnesota county.

January 2017

Prioritize working families by strengthening the Working Family Credit

Despite an overall economic recovery, many hard-working families across Minnesota still struggle to make ends meet. We also know that the state's future economic success depends on more Minnesotans participating in the workforce. A stronger Working Family Credit would support the work efforts of hundreds of thousands of working Minnesotans, get Minnesota children off to a stronger start, and make Minnesota taxes fairer.

Tax Credits Blog Posts

June 24, 2019

Final tax plan boosts tax credits for working Minnesotans, but falls short on future stability

The 2019 tax bill agreed to by Governor Tim Walz and the Minnesota Legislature in the recently completed special legisla...

May 17, 2019

All tax plans on the table raise revenues: the difference is how much and who benefits

The negotiations to reach a budget deal this session have at times been characterized as a debate between raising taxes...

April 08, 2019

Walz tax plan expands Working Family Credit, funds investments in schools and communities

Narrowly defined, the primary responsibility for policymakers this legislative session is to pass the state’s next ...

May 17, 2018

Legislative tax bill needs improvement; is there enough time left to make the grade?

I’ll admit it – I was hoping for a relatively quiet 2018 Legislative Session in terms of tax policy. Then in December...