Michigan Poor's Taxes Raised As Businesses See Billion-Dollar Tax Cuts

Low-Income Michigan Families Taxed Into Poverty: Report

While Michigan businesses are expecting a 1.1 billion-dollar tax break come January, low-income families in the state have seen their taxes raised over the last two years, according to a new report. And further increases are coming next year.

Michigan was above average for its tax treatment of low-income families in 2010, a report from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities issued Tuesday found. The report showed that Michigan, along with New Jersey and Wisconsin, has "[raised] taxes on low-income working families in order to finance tax cuts that benefit corporations and wealthy individuals."

Earlier this year, Governor Rick Snyder (R) initially proposed completely eliminating the Earned Income Tax Credit, which now gives qualifying families around $430 annually. State Senate Democrats opposed Snyder's plan, managing to save the EITC, but with significant cuts. When the governor's controversial revisions to Michigan's tax code passed the state legislature in May, the state EITC was reduced from 20 percent of the national average to 6 percent.

The same revisions included scrapping the Michigan business tax code in favor of a flat 6 percent business tax. Next year, two-thirds of businesses will not have to pay state corporate income taxes, according to the Associated Press.

The Michigan League for Human Services strongly opposes the EITC cuts. "When taxes are due in April 2013, the reality will hit for thousands of Michigan families scrapping [sic] by on poverty-level wages and literally being taxed into poverty," reads a statement on the MLHS website.

In an email statement to the Associated Press, Snyder's spokeswoman Sara Wurfel said the governor is working against poverty.

"His overall plan aims to help address and reverse that trend. He's also worked hard to ensure essential and solid safety net services that lower income individuals rely on, like protecting Medicaid access and services," Wurfel said.

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