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Working, Poor, and Taxed: Improving Oregon’s Earned Income Credit

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Executive Summary

Families in Oregon who work but whose wages do not allow them to escape poverty continue to pay income taxes. Oregon is one of a minority of states that levies income taxes on working families in poverty. The most targeted way to eliminate income taxes on poor working families is to expand Oregon’s Earned Income Credit (EIC).

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Working, Poor, and Taxed: Improving Oregon’s Earned Income Credit (PDF)


Related materials:

Full report (PDF)

News Release: Oregon’s Income Taxes on Working Poor and Near Poor Among Highest in the Nation, March 27, 2007

The Impact of State Income Taxes on Low-Income Families in 2006 by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Oregon Fact Sheet

Who Pays? Fact sheet on Oregon taxes, by income group, from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (PDF)

The federal Earned Income Credit is significant for Oregon’s economy and its low-income workers in all legislative districts.

Oregon could eliminate the income tax on working families in poverty by increasing the state Earned Income Credit to 12 percent.