Statistical Sample

For Tax Year 2016 EITC Returns Processed in 20171

27 million workers and families received about $65 billion in EITC

  • 25% received EITC without a qualifying child
  • 37% received EITC with one qualifying child
  • 25% received EITC with two qualifying children
  • 13% received EITC with three or more qualifying children

 

Average amount of EITC received nationwide was about $2,445

 

EITC Recipients by Filing Status

  • Single 29%
  • Head of Household 48%
  • Married Filing Jointly and Qualifying Widow(er) 23%

 

EITC Returns by Filing Method:

  • Paper, 6%
  • E-File, 94%

 

EITC Returns by Preparation Methods

  • Paid Preparer, 52%
  • Self-Prepared, 45%
  • Other (volunteer and IRS-reviewed) is less than 3%

 

 1EITC Calendar Year Report, December 2017.