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 credit as compared to 21% from mixed rural (more densely populated counties), 18% from mixed urban and 20% from urban.* To find out how much EITC generates for rural communities in your state, see this table.


Data notes

Jason Gray and Travis Green contributed to this data report for the RuFES Action Network.

* Figures calculated by compiling 2012 EITC tax data from Brookings, the 2012 American Community Survey 5-Year Population Estimates and place designations developed by A. Isserman.  Margins of error were excluded so figures should be taken as rough approximations.

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