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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

March 2018

Who receives the Working Family Credit? (TY 2015)

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? (TY 2015)

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.

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. 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.

Tax Credits Blog Posts

June 02, 2022

A closer look at the 2022 tax agreement

Minnesota’s 2022 Legislative Session ended on May 23 with much unfinished business, including a tax agreement reached by the House and Senate conference committee that was not enacted into law. This agreement reflected the two different philosophies that the Republican majority in the Minnesota Senate and the Democratic majority in the Minnesota House brought into those negotiations.

April 21, 2022

House tax bill includes transformational changes to the Renters’ Credit

The Minnesota House has proposed revolutionary changes to simplify the Renters’ Credit and significantly expand the ...

April 14, 2022

Minnesota House and Senate lay out their budget and tax priorities

Amid unprecedented resources available to invest in Minnesotans’ well-being and build a more equitable state, the House and Senate have released their supplemental budget bills.

February 02, 2022

A first look at Governor Walz’s supplemental budget proposal

The state of Minnesota has resources to draw on to start building a more equitable future, focusing on what Minnesotans...