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CASH Director Robin McKinney and legislative sponsors Delegate Heather Mizeur and Senator Madaleno speak about a new law passed for employers to notify their employees that they could be eligible for the EITC.

The Maryland CASH Campaign advocates for policies on the state and federal level that protect and grow the financial security of Maryland residents. During the 2016 legislative session we followed bills on topics such as asset-building, credit, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), consumer protection, long-term savings, and other relevant topics.

Click here to see our 2015-2016 legislative wrap-up!

To view our past legislative victories, click here.

Robin at 2013 Legislative Reception

Director Robin McKinney speaks at CASH’s 2013 Legislative Reception

2016 State Policy Efforts: Working to Expand Maryland’s EITC for Childless Workers

For the 2016 legislative session, our priority was to expand Maryland’s Earned Income Tax Credit in the following ways:

  1. By lowering the age requirement to 18,
  2. Increasing the income requirement to $23,000, and
  3. Increasing the State EITC to 100% of the Federal EITC for single filers and 28% for filers with dependents.

The policy (HB 1047/SB 294) would provide an average benefit of $378 to 240,000 low-income workers. Unfortunately, despite widespread support for an expanded EITC in Maryland, the legislature packaged the EITC expansion with a set of tax cuts that caused major disagreements between the chambers. Although the bill did not pass, we built momentum and consensus that this population must be helped. Sign up to join our EITC coalition so we can continue to advocate for a stronger EITC in Maryland!

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Senator Madaleno, MD CASH Director and MD CASH staff with a group of our EITC partners following testimony in favor of expanding Maryland’s EITC in 2016.

2016 Federal Policy Efforts: Achieving a Permanent, Expanded Federal EITC

Maryland CASH was pleased to coordinate a sign-on letter to support statewide efforts to make the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit permanent at the federal level. These two invaluable tax credits were set to expire in 2017, but advocates and policymakers successfully urged Congress to make the EITC and CTC permanent elements of U.S. tax law!
CASH Director McKinney joined the Maryland Budget and Tax Policy Institute in testifying on the state Earned Income Tax Credit in March, 2013. Photo credit: Richard Renner.

CASH Director McKinney joined the Maryland Budget and Tax Policy Institute in testifying on the state Earned Income Tax Credit in March 2013. Photo credit: Richard Renner.

 

Stay in Touch!

Maryland CASH Campaign works with a network of state policy groups from around the country as part of CFED’s Asset and Opportunity Initiative.

NEW! Check out the new 2016 Assets and Opportunity Scorecard and MD CASH Press Release. Check for updates on our advocacy site!

 

For more information on advocacy and research from Maryland CASH Campaign, please contact intern@mdcash.org.