Legislature’s plan returns more than $2.5 billion to people who need it most
State Rep. Luke Meerman has helped approve a plan that would provide much-needed tax relief for families, seniors, workers and veterans in Michigan.
Meerman, R-Coopersville, said the more than $2.5 billion tax cut plan – made possible by an unprecedented state revenue surplus – will allow people to keep more of their own money at a time of historic inflation rates.
“It’s time to let Michigan taxpayers keep more of their hard-earned money. Lansing has enough money, but the people are struggling as household budgets are being stretched thin as inflation soars to record highs,” Meerman said. “This tax relief plan is the best way to support Michigan’s working families, seniors on fixed incomes and disabled veterans during this difficult time.”
Highlights of the plan include:
- Income tax cuts for Michigan workers. The Legislature’s plan lowers the individual income tax rate from 4.25% to 4% and increases the personal income tax exemption by $1,800 for single filers and $3,600 for joint filers.
- Relief for working families. Families would be eligible for a new $500 nonrefundable tax credit for each dependent 18 years old or younger. The state Earned Income Tax Credit, which offers savings for lower-income families and individuals, would increase from 6% to 20% of eligible income — a change the governor has previously supported. Restoring the state Earned Income Tax Credit to 20% of eligible income will deliver an average state and federal refund of nearly $3,000 to more than 730,000 working people.
- Additional tax exemptions for seniors. Under the plan approved today, residents age 67 and older who may currently deduct $20,000 of income individually or $40,000 jointly would be eligible for an increase of $1,800 or $3,600, respectively, with future increases automatically adjusted for inflation.
- Expanded benefits for veterans. Under current state law, a veteran with a permanent and total disability resulting from military service is exempted from paying property tax on their home. The plan would extend that exemption to an eligible veteran’s surviving spouse and the spouse of a veteran killed in action. Veterans with a disability determined to be between 50% and 100% would be eligible for a property tax credit up to $2,000. The state will reimburse local governments for these exemptions, preserving local funding for essential services.
The bulk of the tax plan, contained in House Bill 4568, was approved by the state House and Senate today and now advances to the governor for consideration. The remainder of the plan in Senate Bill 784 was approved by the Senate and is expected to pass the House early next week.
Twice this year, the Legislature has sent tax relief proposals to the governor only to see them vetoed. Meerman urged the governor to sign the plan providing much-needed relief to residents.
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