The Effects of the EITC on Poverty

In 2011, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) lifted 5.7 million people out of poverty, including 3.1 million children. The Earned Income Tax Credit, combined with the Child Tax Credit, lifted an estimated 8.7 million people out of poverty. Overall, 27 million families benefited from the EITC in 2011.

Source: Insecure & Unequal: Poverty and Income Among Women and Families 2000-2011 (National Women's Law Center - NWLC, 2012), The Research Supplemental Poverty Measure: 2011 (Census Bureau, November 2012) and About EITC (Internal Revenue Service - IRS, January 2013)


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