Statistics for Tax Returns with EITC

Nationwide as of December 2020, about 25 million eligible workers and families received about $62 billion in EITC.

The average amount of EITC received nationwide was about $2,461.

 

State Number of EITC Claims1 Total EITC Amount1

Average EITC Amount1

ALABAMA 471 K $1.3 B $2,812
ALASKA

44 K

$94 M

$2,123

ARIZONA

564 K

$1.4 B

$2,551

ARKANSAS

287 K

$770 M

$2,683

CALIFORNIA 

2.8 M

$6.4 B

$2,297

COLORADO

332 K

$720 M

$2,173

CONNECTICUT

215 K

$480 M

$2,231

DELAWARE

72 K

$175 M

$2,5408

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

48 K

$112 M

$2,343

FLORIDA

2.1 M

$5.2 B

$2,492

GEORGIA

1.0 M

$2.9 B

$2,769

HAWAII

94 K

$203 M

$2,165

IDAHO

125 K

$286 M

$2,286

ILLINOIS

908 K

$2.3 B

$2,503

INDIANA

515 K

$1.2 B

$2,424

IOWA

195 K

$450 M

$2,305

KANSAS

194 K

$462 M

$2,376

KENTUCKY

384 K

$948 M

$2,467

LOUISIANA

493 K

$1.4 B

$2,873

MAINE

91 K

$192 M

$2,107

MARYLAND

391 K

$914 M

$2,339

MASSACHUSETTS

364 K

$777 M

$2,131

MICHIGAN

742 K

$1.9 B

$2,516

MINNESOTA

315 K

$693 M

$2,202

MISSISSIPPI

359 K

$1.0 B

$2,903

MISSOURI

476 K

$1.2 B

$2,452

MONTANA

74 K

$159 M

$2,146

NEBRASKA

127 K

$299 M

$2,364

NEVADA

262 K

$626 M

$2,391

NEW HAMPSHIRE

68 K

$133 M

$1,959

NEW JERSEY

576 K

$1.4 B

$2,364

NEW MEXICO

199 K

$488 M

$2,451

NEW YORK

1.6 M

$3.7 B

$2,330

NORTH CAROLINA

889 K

$2.2 B

$2,506

NORTH DAKOTA

42 K

$92 M

$2,180

OHIO

895 K

$2.2 B

$2,454

OKLAHOMA

329 K

$837 M

$2,547

OREGON

259 K

$538 M

$2,077

PENNSYLVANIA

885 K

$2.0 B

$2,289

RHODE ISLAND

78 K

$179 M

$2,292

SOUTH CAROLINA

467 K

$1.2 B

$2,570

SOUTH DAKOTA

59 K

$133 M

$2,253

TENNESSEE

604 K

$1.5 B

$2,552

TEXAS

2.6 M

$7.2 B

$2,736

UTAH

180 K

$409 M

$2,275

VERMONT

39 K

$77 M

$1,958

VIRGINIA

576 K

$1.4 B

$2,364

WASHINGTON

405 K

$867 M

$2,143

WEST VIRGINIA

141 K

$331 M

$2,353

WISCONSIN

349 K

$787 M

$2,254

WYOMING

34 K

$75 M

$2,168

INTERNATIONAL 16 K $35 M $2,222

1Source - December 2020, Calendar Year Report (TY2019).

 

Prior Year Statistics

 

Additional EITC Reference Material on this Site

  • EITC Key Messages - using the same key messages makes our collaborative efforts more powerful
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  • EITC Fast Facts - facts you can use in letters to local editors, newsletter articles, feature stories or on websites and Face book pages. And facts you can rely on as accurate.
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  • Tips for Writing a Feature Story -  create your own feature article using these handy tips

 

EITC Participation Rate by State

In cooperation with the Census Bureau, the IRS estimates that nationally 78% (TY2015 data) of all eligible taxpayers receive the EITC (a range of 77% to 80%) –implying that approximately 21% do not claim the credit they deserve. A major break-through in the study of EITC Participation Rate was accomplished with the estimation of state level participation rates based on the American Community Survey (ACS)

 

More EITC Interactive Data

The Brookings Institute has a very good EITC interactive database on its site. You can display and download ZIP code-level tax return information for states, metro areas, counties, cities, and state legislative and congressional districts for tax years 2011 through 2014. This site also has a nation-wide profile of those eligible for the credit.