Rewarding Work: The Impact of the Earned Income Tax Credit

The federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) will boost earnings for over 18 million low-income working families in the U.S. by more than $30 billion this year. This survey series uses IRS data to analyze the spatial distribution of working poor families in 29 regions across the US. It finds that the EITC is a significant federal antipoverty investment in cities and their regions, and that in most regions a large share of EITC dollars flows to the suburbs. The surveys conclude by describing steps that cities and their regions can take that leverage the federal EITC, making work pay for lower-income families and helping them to save and build assets.

Regional Reports
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Akron 538 kb
Atlanta 505 kb
Baltimore 459 kb
Boston 563 kb
Chicago 256 kb
Columbus 502 kb
Denver 469 kb
Des Moines 436 kb
Detroit 440 kb
Gary 489 kb
Grand Forks 571 kb
Hartford 446 kb
Indianapolis 451 kb
Los Angeles 502 kb
Louisville 467 kb
Macon 541 kb
Miami 453 kb
Milwaukee 513 kb
New Orleans 577 kb
Oakland 445 kb
Philadelphia 567 kb
Providence 445 kb
San Antonio 595 kb
San Diego 544 kb
San Jose 471 kb
Savannah 479 kb
Seattle 533 kb
St. Louis 544 kb
Washington, D.C. 579 kb
National Report
Read the national analysis of the Earned Income Tax Credit in 100 metropolitan areas. It finds that the EITC provided a $17 billion stimulus to these metro areas in 1998, and that the majority of EITC dollars flowed to the suburbs.

National Report

EITC Estimates
for 27 Regions and Central Cities


External Resources
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities EITC Analyses

Joint Center for Poverty Research EITC Information Clearinghouse

Center for Law and Human Services, Chicago