Earned Income Tax Credit and Rural Households

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a credit against federal personal income taxes for working people who have low to moderate income, particularly those with children. The Census Bureau estimates that the 2012 poverty rate would have been 3 percentage points higher without the EITC.

The EITC has been promoted as one of the most effective anti-poverty public policy initiatives in the United States. Because of economic conditions, the EITC has become a “rural program,” or at least a nonurban program. It is important to rural people and their well-being. It is also important to the economies of rural communities.

Our report demonstrates that, using 2012 federal personal income tax data for every county in the nation. Download it as a pdf below.

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