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Rep. Reilly: Tax cut will lift burdens off Michigan families
RELEASE|March 1, 2022
Contact: John Reilly

State Rep. John Reilly and the Michigan House of Representatives today approved a plan to reduce taxes for working families and expand tax savings for seniors.

Senate Bill 768 would provide an estimated $2.5 billion in annual tax relief to the people of Michigan. The plan would lower Michigan’s individual income tax rate from 4.25% to 3.9%, reducing the burden on working and retired families across Michigan. The plan would also allow parents to receive a child tax credit of up to $500 per dependent under the age of 19.

“Inflation is raising the costs for food and other items Michigan residents need,” said Reilly, R-Oakland Township. “Yet the heavy hand of government is still held out eagerly for the same taxes as usual. I strongly support this tax cut to lift some of the burdens off all Michigan families — retired and in the workforce.”

In addition to paying a lower rate, seniors 62 years and older would be able to exempt $20,000 of all their income from the state income tax, or $40,000 for couples filing jointly. Eligibility for this exemption currently begins at age 67. The plan would further enable seniors to deduct retirement income — such as pensions, 401(k) plans and individual retirement accounts — not already included in the first exemption. This additional deduction would also allow up to $20,000 for individual filers and $40,000 for joint filers.

After earning bipartisan support in the House, SB 768 now returns to the Senate for consideration.

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