$24 billion/year earned by working families living in rural communities

Percent of tax filers claiming EITC

Earned Income Tax Credit Outreach Pays Off for Rural America

$24 billion is a great deal of asset-building change. That’s the annual dollar value of Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) claims for working families in rural America*. EITC is one of those critical poverty-fighting tax benefits that rewards work for low- and moderate-income working people. At lower incomes, the more a family earns, the more tax credit the family receives.  When an individual’s or family’s earned tax credit exceeds the amount of taxes they owe, it results in a cash tax refund. … [Read More...]


Percent of Tax Returns Claiming EITC

Tax returns from rural counties are slightly more likely to claim EITC. Of all returns filed in 2012, 22% of returns from rural counties claim the … [Read More...]

Rural EITC Claims by State

Families living in rural and mixed-rural counties claim $24 billion in Earned Income Tax Credits annually*. In total, 6.1 million families (about … [Read More...]

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