Federal earned income tax credit (EITC)

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Definitions: Number - the number of tax returns that resulted in the receipt of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit
Percent - the number of tax returns that resulted in the receipt of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit per 100 tax returns filed
Currency - the total value of earned income tax credits received

Data Source: Agenda for Children's analysis of data provided by the Brookings Institution's EITC Interactive data system.

Footnotes: Data for 1997-2008 reflects a full year of tax return data. Beginning with 2009, data reflects tax returns filed between January and June.

Note that this indicator reflects the number of tax returns that resulted in the receipt of the EITC, not the number of households or children receiving the EITC. A single household can have multiple tax filers (such as when several unmarried adults share a house). Additionally, some households do not include any tax filers. 

For more EITC data, please visit Brookings' EITC Interactive Data System at http://www.brookings.edu/metro/EITC/EITC-Data.aspx.