Statistical Sample

For Tax Year 2020 EITC Returns Processed in 20211

25 million workers and families received about $60 billion in EITC

  • 30% received EITC without a qualifying child
  • 35% received EITC with one qualifying child
  • 23% received EITC with two qualifying children
  • 12% received EITC with three or more qualifying children

 

Average amount of EITC received nationwide was about $2,411

 

EITC Recipients by Filing Status

  • Single 33%
  • Head of Household 47%
  • Married Filing Jointly and Qualifying Widow(er) 20%

 

EITC Returns by Filing Method

  • Paper 3%
  • E-File 97%

 

EITC Returns by Preparation Methods

  • Paid Preparer 50%
  • Self-Prepared 49%
  • Other (volunteer and IRS-reviewed) is 1% or less

 

 1EITC Year-end Data, December 2021