EITC Information for the Press

The Earned Income Tax Credit or EITC, is a tax credit for people who work, and earn low to modest incomes. Those who qualify and claim the credit could pay less federal tax, pay no tax or even get a tax refund.  For tax year 2018, 25 million people received about $63 billion in EITC.1 The average amount received was more than $2,400.

This press section offers up-to-date EITC information for the 2019 filing season. This section provides an overview of EITC, statistics, hot topics, Awareness Day news and IRS media relations contacts. More in-depth information is available on the EITC homepage.




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1Source: EITC Calendar Year Report, June 2018. Historically, half-year data represents over 95 percent of EITC returns processed.