MEDIA RELEASE: Eliminating or cutting the state Earned Income Tax Credit is wrong call for North Carolina

New fact sheets show how eliminating state EITC will affect low-income families in legislative districts across the state

RALEIGH (March 15, 2013) — Earlier this week, Gov. McCrory signed a bill supporting the reduction or elimination of the state Earned Income Tax Credit, just as nearly 8,000 North Carolinians said in a petition sent to legislators that they don't agree with any legislation that shifts the tax load on to low- and middle-income families. A series of new fact sheets show just how devastating the elimination of the EITC would be for residents across the state.

The Budget & Tax Center, a project of the North Carolina Justice Center, delivered fact sheets to the members of the North Carolina General Assembly on Wednesday showing how eliminating the state EITC will affect low-income families in respective House and Senate members' legislative districts. The bill supporting the cutting or elimination of the state EITC was sponsored by Representatives Julia Howard (79th District) and C. Robert Brawley (95th District).

One in five, or nearly 907,000, tax-filers in North Carolina claimed the EITC in 2011, putting more than $105 million into the pockets of low-income working families, according to the fact sheets. Even with the state EITC, low- and moderate-earning workers still pay a higher percentage of their incomes in state and local taxes than the wealthy do. The state EITC is also a highly effective anti-poverty tool, particularly for children. Young children in families with additional income from programs like the EITC do better and go further in school and, as a result, work more and earn more as adults.

Now is the wrong time to further shift the tax load onto North Carolina's lowest-paid workers, particularly those with children to support, by cutting or eliminating the state EITC.

"Policymakers can build upon the state EITC’s successes by extending and strengthening this vital tax credit, which makes a positive difference in the lives of working families who have been battered by unparalleled economic challenges," the fact sheets read.

The districts are listed in numerical order in the following two documents. Members can also be found by searching the PDF by name:

An interactive map for county-level data for the EITC can be found at saveeitc.org.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Alexandra Forter Sirota, BTC Director, alexandra@ncjustice.org, 919.861.1468; Jeff Shaw, Director of Communications, jeff@ncjustice.org, 503.551.3615 (cell).
 

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