Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) interactive and resources

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Interactive provides users with access to IRS data on federal individual income tax filers. Information on filers who claim the EITC is available for all ZIP codes, cities, counties, metropolitan areas, states, state legislative districts, and Congressional districts in the United States.

Note that the IRS made significant changes to its data reporting standards in Tax Year 2014, which affect the data available through EITC Interactive. Read more about these changes in the User Guide and Data Dictionary (PDF).

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Characteristics of the EITC-eligible population

Users can access a wide range of information on the EITC-eligible population by downloading detailed data for states, metro areas, and large counties (XLS). Organizations that conduct outreach and education around the federal EITC and/or state versions of the credit can use this information to help inform and tailor their efforts.

These estimates come from Brookings’ MetroTax model, which uses 2015 American Community Survey microdata to model tax units and eligibility for tax policies targeted to low- and moderate-income workers and their families.