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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 2016

Dayton's FY 2016-17 supplemental budget proposal works to expand opportunity and close racial gaps

With a $900 million surplus, Governor Mark Dayton makes strategic investments that are focused on expanding opportunity for more Minnesotans, regardless of their race or where they live. We dig into the policy priorities outlined in his budget, which proposes $581 million in net general fund spending, $117 million in net tax cuts, and leaves $202 million unspent.

The tax portion of Dayton’s supplemental budget prioritizes sustainable tax choices that move Minnesota toward a tax system that is more equitable across income levels. It is especially focused on supporting working families, particularly those with children.

March 2014

Minnesota should improve the Working Family Credit in 2014

The Working Family Credit encourages work, makes the tax system fairer, and helps working people meet basic needs and support their families. Updating the Working Family Credit to match changes in the federal Earned Income Tax Credit would benefit 53,7000 working Minnesota families.

July 2013

2013 tax bill improves property tax refunds for renters and homeowners

The 2013 tax bill takes a major step toward ensuring that low- and moderate-income Minnesotans do not pay more than their fair share in taxes. More than 550,000 Minnesota households will benefit from higher property tax refunds and lower eligibility requirements through the Renters' Credit and Circuit Breaker.

May 2012

No further cuts to renters' property tax refunds made in 2012 Legislative Session

The Renters' Credit refunds a portion of the property taxes that renters pay through their rents. It is an important ...

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...