The Oklahoma EITC helps to keep working families out of poverty and improve their health and well-being.
EITC households spend a large portion of their refund on basic needs, boosting the local economy
Making the EITC refundable means it will do more to help working people while generating greater economic activity
Why is refundability crucial to the #OKEITC?
Refundability is critical to the success of the EITC because it allows the credit to still reward work and support families even if they pay little income tax. The state EITC was enacted in Oklahoma in 2000, and has enjoyed strong bipartisan support as a way to boost work and keep working families out of poverty.
In 2016, the state Legislature made the Oklahoma EITC non-refundable, so if the credit is more than what a family owes in income taxes the balance won’t be refunded to them. Two in three households that claim the EITC lost some or all of their credit. The average loss was $121 per family.
Across the state, more than 200,000 working families lost some or all of their credit because of this cut. Making the state EITC non-refundable means that it does far less to reduce poverty and encourage work, particularly among workers earning the least.
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