Brief Tienes EITC?: A Study of the Earned Income Tax Credit in Immigrant Communities
Alan Berube
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The EITC represents a considerable investment in immigrant neighborhoods, totaling $6.7 billion in tax year 1999. This study finds that these communities access the credit at significant rates, but that their low-income taxpayers appear more likely to use commercial tax preparers. To further harness the benefits of the EITC for immigrant families and communities, local leaders in the public and non-profit sectors should boost volunteer tax preparation capacity in high-immigrant neighborhoods, fund research on the economic impacts of the credit and related tax programs in these communities, and target EITC outreach to eligible immigrant families living in suburbs and other locales where the immigrant population is less concentrated.

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Research Areas Taxes and budgets
Policy Centers Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center