Monday Map: EITC Recipients by State

October 1, 2012

Today's Monday Map shows the percentage of filers in each state who receive an earned income tax credit (EITC.) This tax credit is targeted towards lower income working people (more on how this works here). Many federal income tax "nonpayers" are EITC recipients (though they may still have some taxable income, the credit they get back exceeds their tax liability.)

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View previous Monday maps here.

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A tax is a mandatory payment or charge collected by local, state, and national governments from individuals or businesses to cover the costs of general government services, goods, and activities.

Taxable income is the amount of income subject to tax, after deductions and exemptions. For both individuals and corporations, taxable income differs from—and is less than—gross income.