We know that the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is one of the nation’s most effective anti-poverty tools. In 2015, the EITC lifted approximately 6.5 people out of poverty across the U.S. But we how do we learn more about the EITC’s contribution to poverty reduction in local communities? And what if we want to better understand who is claiming the federal tax credit?
The Tax Policy Center’s Earned Income Tax Credit Interactive Database can help! This powerful data tool provides users with access to IRS data on federal individual income tax filers who claim the EITC. The data are available for all ZIP codes, cities, counties, metropolitan areas, states, state legislative districts, and Congressional districts in the United States.
Learning more about the demographics and economic impact in your community can help you and your grantees develop informed strategies on tax credit outreach and VITA program performance.
This short, half-hour overview and introduction to the EITC Interactive provides an overview of the full range of geographic layers currently available and demos the interactive web tool allowing users to create and download personalized files.