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 2017, 27 million people received about $65 billion in EITC.1 The average amount received was more than $2,400.
This press section offers up-to-date EITC information for the 2018 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.
Other EITC Resources for Taxpayers, Return Preparers and IRS Partners:
- Media Contacts
- Visit irs.gov pages especially designed for EITC
- Visit the IRS Multimedia Center on irs.gov
- EITC Assistant is a multi-year interactive tool for determining eligibility and calculating credit. It is available in both English and Spanish.
- The Partner or Outreach toolkit is a resource for EITC information and products that contains templates, statistics, fact sheets, how-to tips and information products to help partners increase EITC awareness.
- Marketing Express lets partners and tax preparers customize products for their community to help increase EITC awareness.
- The Tax Preparers Toolkit is resource for all tax return preparers to help them prepare tax returns correctly and give them the facts they need to know to meet their Due Diligence requirements.
1Source: EITC Calendar Year Report, June 2017. Historically, half-year data represents over 95 percent of EITC returns processed.