Sarah Austin, tax and budget policy analyst at Maine Center for Economic Policy, released the following statement in reaction to the Taxation Committee’s unanimous vote Thursday for LD 1671:
“Maine’s EITC is among the smallest in the country, and this expansion is long-overdue. LD 1671, as amended by the Taxation Committee, will more than double the credit for working families and benefit roughly 100,000 Maine households. It will also make our lopsided tax code, in which the wealthiest pay less than any other group, a little fairer for working families.
“This bill pays for itself by closing a loophole that allows multi-state corporations operating in Maine to pay lower taxes than our Maine-based companies that do business only within state borders. MECEP endorses this common-sense tax reform bill and urges the Legislature to enact it this year.”