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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

September 09, 2021

Research and analysis wonk? Check out our open position

The Minnesota Budget Project team is excited to announce our search for a Research Analyst who will produce timely and...

June 07, 2021

Racial opportunity gaps persist despite prosperity for some

A national study finds that Minnesota is one of the worst states for racial disparities in economic security and opportunities to build wealth, despite our overall high economic performance.

April 15, 2021

Walz's supplemental budget calls for resources for greater investments

We have called on policymakers to take bold action to respond to the health, economic, and racial justice crises before...

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...