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State EITC: Reduce Poverty, Boost Local Economies,& Encourage Work

A prosperous Missouri requires a strong middle class, with the ability for families that work hard to achieve a better future. A state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is one of the best ways Missouri can help all working families – even those in low-paying jobs — have the opportunity to build better lives and economic security.

A state EITC would pave the way for hundreds of thousands of Missourians striving to be in or stay in the middle class. It would:

  • Improve the health, education, and economic well-being of Missouri families.
  • Increase long-term educational outcomes and earnings, and
  • Boost local economies around the state.

MBP is fostering a coalition to advance bipartisan support for a new Missouri EITC. Please join us by endorsing the state earned income tax credit.


MBP Research & Analysis

Bolster the Middle Class with an Earned Income Tax Credit  (February 2021)

Sales Taxes on Groceries & the Importance of a Refundable EITC (February 2018)

A Missouri Earned Income Tax Credit: Paving the Way to the Middle Class (February 2016)

Earned Income Tax Credit: The Basics (January 2016)

State Earned Income Tax Credit Would Benefit Missouri (2015)

Fact Sheets

County EITC Fact Sheets

Missouri House District EITC Fact Sheets

Missouri Senate District EITC Fact Sheets


EITC Use by County, Senate District, and House District: Interactive Map 

Benefits of a Missouri EITC:


States with a State-Level EITC:


Earned Income Tax Credit Chart Book (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

Policy Basics: The Earned Income Tax Credit (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

EITC Plays Outsize Role in Rural Areas/Impact of EITC in Local Economy (The Daily Yonder)


MBP Press Releases

New Census Data Underscores Need for Missouri Earned Income Tax Credit (September 15, 2016)

Missouri House Vote Creates Momentum for State EITC (April 19, 2016)

Selected Articles and Opinion

Help working families break cycle of poverty

by Bob Bonney, Joe Reagan, and Francis G. Slay, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, April 26, 2016

Tax credit for working poor advances in the House

by Kurt Erickson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 4, 2106

Legislature considers tax break for the working poor. Really.

Editorial Board, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, April 26, 2016

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