SECTION 1. Section 6 of Chapter 62 of the Massachusetts General Laws is hereby amended by inserting at the end thereof the following new subsection:
(q)(1) As used in this subsection, the following words shall have the following meanings:-
"Eligible child care center" shall have the same meaning as the term is defined in 606 Code of Massachusetts Regulations 7.02.
"Eligible child care worker" shall mean any person who meets each of the following requirements: (1) the person has been approved by the department of early education and care for the regular care and education of children unrelated to the educator in a location outside the children's own home for all or part of the day, regardless of his or her level of certification; (2) the person has been employed continuously for six months of the tax year for an average of twenty hours or more per week in an eligible child care center; and (3) the person qualifies for the earned income tax credit, so called, allowed under the provisions of subsection (h) of this section.
( 2) There is hereby established a child care tax credit program under which a taxpayer who is an eligible child care worker shall be allowed a credit against the taxes imposed by this chapter. The credit afforded by this subsection shall be in addition to the credit allowed under subsection (h) of this section. If other credits under this section including the credit established pursuant to subsection (h) are utilized by the taxpayer for the taxable year, the credit afforded by this subsection shall be applied last. The credit allowed by this subsection shall equal 15 per cent of the federal earned income credit received by the taxpayer for the taxable year. If the amount of the credit allowed hereunder exceeds the taxpayer's liability, the commissioner shall treat such excess as an overpayment and shall pay the taxpayer the amount of such excess, without interest.
(3) In order to receive the credit provided for in this subsection, the eligible child care worker shall file with his income tax return an attestation form, developed and made available by the department of revenue, verifying that the taxpayer is an eligible child care worker.
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