Senator McEwen Highlights Property Tax Relief, New Tax Benefits for Working and Lower Income Minnesotans This Filing Season

ST. PAUL, Minn. — In 2023, DFL legislators passed some of the most progressive tax policies in state history, delivering more than $3 billion in targeted relief to working and lower income Minnesotans. The measures encompass a range of relief and benefits for families, renters, homeowners, Social Security recipients, retirees earning public pensions, and many others.  

Senator Jen McEwen (DFL-Duluth) issued the following statement as state tax filing season gets underway:  

“I’m excited for Duluthians this tax filing season, as I know many will benefit from our historic 2023 tax bill,” said Senator McEwen. “We passed a refundable child tax credit of up to $1,750 that will reduce childhood poverty in Minnesota by up to one-third. We increased renter refunds by over 20 percent, and instituted a number of other credits to help both renters and homeowners.

Property taxes in particular can pose a serious problem for Duluthians who own their homes but are on fixed or limited incomes. To help, we passed $300 million in property tax relief, increasing homestead credit refunds by over 20 percent. Additionally, to help low and medium-income seniors, we eliminated state income tax on social security benefits for households earning less than $100,000.

I’m pleased with the implementation of these smart, progressive tax policies. The changes we made will provide a significant financial boost to working and lower income Duluthians and to our family budgets. We still have further to go, but we can be proud that Minnesota is leading the nation in implementing a fairer, more equitable tax system.”

For more detailed information on these tax-saving opportunities, visit https://www.revenue.state.mn.us/2023-tax-law-changes.  

For free tax assistance support, visit https://www.revenue.state.mn.us/free-tax-preparation-sites. 

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Jen McEwen represents Senate District 8 which covers the community of Duluth.

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