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Tax Credit Coming for OR Families 'in Greatest Need'

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Tuesday, June 27, 2023   

State lawmakers have approved a child tax credit for Oregonians with household earnings of $25,000 a year or less. House Bill 3235, which creates a $1,000 tax credit for every child from birth to age five. The credit phases out for families with income above $30,000.

Tyler Mac Innis, policy analyst, Oregon Center for Public Policy, said his organization found nearly 55,000 children across all 36 counties who will be eligible for the credit.

"This policy, the Oregon Kids Credit, is really about targeting our resources at the state level to help the families in greatest need and ensure that we have a more economically just state," he said.

The legislation passed with near unanimous support in both the House and Senate, with only one lawmaker objecting in each chamber. It now heads to Governor Tina Kotek's desk. The so-called Oregon Kids' Credit is set to go into place in 2024.

The credit was modeled after the federal child tax credit, Mac Innis explained, which Congress temporarily expanded during the pandemic in 2021.

"We saw child poverty nationwide cut almost in half," he said. "We saw racial disparities experienced by children reduced significantly, and so we saw the impacts of families who are struggling with the rising cost of raising kids - what it could mean to just give them some added cash."

The legislation also includes a mechanism for distributing the child tax credit in advanced quarterly payments, Mac Innis said. Before that goes into place, the state will determine if the payments would be considered income when determining eligibility for federal aid programs like food assistance.


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