Share of Tax Returns Receiving the Earned Income Tax Credit in New Hampshire

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Why This Indicator Matters

The EITC is one of the most successful anti-poverty programs in the nation.

In addition to the federal EITC, 30 states (including Washington, DC) have adopted their own EITC to provide additional support for working families. States vary in the generosity of their EITC, with some providing 3.5 percent (Louisiana) of the federal EITC to working families and others providing up to 40 percent (Washington, DC). State EITCs provide relief for many working families by pulling them above the poverty line and by increasing the cash income of poor families.

New Hampshire does not have a state EITC, but 2017 estimates suggest that, with a 30 percent match of the federal EITC, the poverty rate would have dropped by 6.9 percent (Gagnon, Mattingly, and Schaefer, 2017).

Gagnon, Douglas J., Marybeth J. Mattingly, and Andrew Schaefer (2017). “State EITC Programs Provide Important Relief to Families in Need.” Carsey School of Public Policy.
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Definitions: Here, we display the share of federal income tax returns in New Hampshire that claimed the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

The EITC is a federal program aimed at encouraging work and subsidizing earnings among low- to middle-income families, particularly those with children, by providing cash in the form of a tax credit. The value varies by family composition and earnings.

Data Source: Internal Revenue Service (IRS) (2014). SOI Tax Stats – County Data.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) (2014). SOI Tax Stats – County Data.