10 Facts about America’s EITC-eligible Tax Filers

Researchers from the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program have released new Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) data from the IRS on federal individual income tax filers. The interactive data are available for all ZIP codes, cities, counties, metropolitan areas, states, state legislative districts, and congressional districts in the U.S. Users can also find new MetroTax model estimates of the EITC-eligible population in 2012 based on the latest American Community Survey data.

From the 2012 MetroTax model, here are 10 facts about EITC-eligible tax filers

• 71.1 million people live in tax units that are eligible
• 31.1 million children live in eligible households
• 72.8% of eligible filers speak English
• 50.9% are white
• 36.1% received food stamps at some point in the last year
• 25.8% are married filing jointly
• 13.2% have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher
• The median adjusted gross income is $13,638
• 12.7% of eligible filers work in the retail trade industry
• 13.6% work in office and administrative occupations

Read the blog post by Jane Williams and Elizabeth Kneebone to learn more and also visit the EITC interactive.