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 […]

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 […]

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 one-in-five) claimed the credit on their taxes in 2012. In the most rural places, 22% of households claimed the credit totaling $6.2 billion. In the poorest counties (counties with 30% child poverty or […]

Higher Education Lagging in Rural and Mixed-Rural Counties

Forty-eight percent of adults living in rural counties*, 37 million people, have not received a college degree or participated in college courses. By comparison, 39% of urban and mixed-urban county residents have not received a college degree or enrolled in college courses. With more and more jobs requiring post-secondary degrees, increasing rural access to higher education and job […]

What You Need To Know: Health Insurance and Tax Time 2015

On November 15th, the health exchanges will open at for the second annual open enrollment period. That marks one year since families were first invited to start buying health insurance in the marketplace. Many RuFES network members joined us for a webinar series last winter to learn how they could help low-income, rural families access insurance […]

One-in-Five New Rural Americans is Foreign-Born

Over 11 million new residents moved to rural and mixed-rural* counties across the United States since 2000. Of the 11 million, 2.3 were foreign-born. That means that one-in-five new rural Americans are immigrants.

The IDA Match: The Gift that Keeps on Giving in Rural Communities

The holiday season comes with the annual barrage of messages about the great deals and ways to save on gifts. Fortunately, there are more ways to save than just shopping for bargains! In rural communities, Individual Development Accounts are like a gift that keeps on giving. These matched savings accounts provide both a 2-for-1 (at […]

Prepare to Run a First-Rate Rural EITC Program

Ready Set Tax Prep Webinar Screenshot

Ready… Set… Tax Prep! Note: This webinar was presented in fall 2012.  Some data and figures are out of date, but the stories and outreach strategies remain relevant. For information on maximum credits and EITC qualification rules, see the IRS website.  You can also watch our 2013 webinar, A Wealthier and Healthier Tax Time. It’s […]

Ready… Set… Tax Prep!

Preparing a First-Rate Rural EITC Campaign: A Two-Part Webinar Thursday, November 8, 2012 This RuFES ReFresher webinar has concluded. Please check back soon for copies of the presentations, a list of resources, and videos from the sessions. Is it that time already?! Yes, it’s almost tax season, and communities and organizations are racing to prepare […]

RuFES Action Alert 08.14.12

RuFES Success Story: Working Bridges Many people think that a job equals economic security. But more and more of us recognize that this is often not the case. In fact, about one in five people in working families are economically insecure. Moreover, according to a recent report, less than one quarter of the U.S. workforce […]

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