Average federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) claim by county

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Why This Indicator Matters

What is EITC's contribution to poverty reduction in Massachusetts? Read about its effect on outcomes for low-income individuals in the MassBudget brief Massachusetts's Earned Income Tax Credit.

For more information and to see annual state spending on the EITC, visit MassBudget's Children's Budget

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The average amount, in dollars, of Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) benefits received by tax filers making EITC claims in each county..

EITC is a refundable tax credit for workers who earn low or moderate levels of income. The amount received depends on a number of factors, including income and number of children.

Data Source:

Federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS) data provided by the Brookings Institution, Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Interactive, available here.

Footnotes:

Massachusetts provides additional EITC benefits based on the amount of federal tax credit. The state EITC was 15% of the federal credit, and increased to 23% of the federal tax credit in January 2016.