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The Reach of the MA State EITC, Town-by-Town

April 29, 2015

In Massachusetts – one of only four states boasting the term “commonwealth” in the official state name - we seek to build a thriving state economy that delivers broadly shared prosperity to workers and their families. Unfortunately, since the 1970s, wages have stagnated for low and moderate income workers in Massachusetts and nationally, making it increasingly difficult for many hardworking parents to make ends meet and provide for their children. The state earned income tax credit (EITC) program helps push back against this troubling trend, providing a meaningful boost to the after-tax earnings of thousands of low-income working families. (For a more detailed discussion of the EITC program, its proven benefits, and the effects of proposed increases, please see MassBudget’s factsheet.)

Typically, between 430,000 and 440,000 filers claim the Massachusetts state EITC each year, together receiving a total of $125 million to $135 million in credits annually (for further funding details, see MassBudget’s Children’s Budget).

Using the most current data available from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (2013), the interactive map below shows the share of all tax filers in each city and town who received the state EITC. (This map also can be accessed through the Kids Count Data Center.)

For a table showing these data for all 351 Massachusetts cities and towns, visit the Kids Count Data Center.

This research was funded in part by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. We thank them for their support but acknowledge that the findings and conclusions presented in this report are those of MassBudget alone, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Foundation.