Disparities in Knowledge of the EITC

Research Report

Disparities in Knowledge of the EITC

March 14, 2005

Abstract

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), administered through the federal income tax system, is the largest cash assistance program for low-income families. Data from the 2001 National Survey of America's Families (NSAF) show large disparities in who knows about the EITC amongst families with income below twice poverty. Only a small portion (27.1 percent) of low-income Hispanic parents know about the EITCsignificantly less than their peers of other races and ethnicities.

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