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HOUSE BUDGET MAKES OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENTS INELIGIBLE FOR EITC

Lawmakers pressing state tax policy changes are gearing up to amend the House budget next week but one rep has already safely tucked into the spending bill a measure making 20,000 non-residents ineligible to claim existing tax credits worth $10 million to them in the aggregate.

According to Rep. Lori Ehrlich (D-Marblehead), an outside section included in $40.3 billion state budget bill endorsed last week by the House Ways and Means Committee would eliminate the income-only test for the earned income tax credit, leaving residency as the sole criteria.


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