State Reps. Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood) and Erica C. Crawley (D-Columbus) provided sponsor testimony, Tuesdasy, before the Ohio House Ways and Means Committee on House Bill (HB) 59, which would modify the State’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
HB 59 would provide a refundable 10 percent tax credit for EITC recipients in addition to a 20 percent nonrefundable credit. These modifications come after recent changes to the EITC during the 133rd General Assembly, which increased the EITC from 10 percent to 30 percent but left it nonrefundable, offering no boost for working families.
“I have been advocating for a refundable Working Families Tax Credit for more than a decade as it is recognized as one the largest anti-poverty measures in the United States, while promoting and supporting work and families,” said Rep. Skindell. “The fact that Ohio’s EITC is not refundable makes Ohio’s tax credit one of the weakest of the 30 states with an EITC.”