Casey: Thousands of Pennsylvanians Could Miss Out On Earned Income Tax Credit

EITC Boosts Economic Growth Across Commonwealth, Provides Significant Benefits for Middle Class Families

Most Recent Data Shows Pennsylvanians Left Nearly $35 Million in EITC Credits Unclaimed

Washington, DC- With tax day approaching, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today urged Pennsylvanians to file for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)The EITC boosts economic growth across Pennsylvania but, according to IRS estimates, one-fifth of eligible workers do not claim this important credit.   

 

“I want to encourage all eligible Pennsylvanians to file for the Earned Income Tax Credit,” said Senator Casey.  “The Earned Income Tax credit plays a key role in boosting economic growth and sustaining job creation across our state. Having more eligible Pennsylvanians take advantage of this tax credit will have a positive impact on the economy.”

Almost 900,000 Pennsylvania families claim the EITC annually, with the average family receiving around $2,000.  A study by the University of North Carolina found that more than two-thirds of EITC recipients spend most of their refunds on immediate expenses, spending that contributes more than $1.8 billion to Pennsylvania’s economy each year. Another study found that every dollar in EITC refunds generates an extra $1.58 in local economic activity.  This brings millions of dollars to virtually every county and helps to create jobs across the Commonwealth. 

Additionally, the EITC is a very effective anti-poverty tool.  The Center for Budget Policies and Priorities has demonstrated that the credit significantly increases the employment and earnings of its recipients, particularly for single mothers, while data from the Brookings Institution shows that the EITC helped lift 166,000 Pennsylvanians out of poverty between 2009-2011, including more than 83,000 children. 

A county-by-county breakdown of eligible Pennsylvania EITC returns is below:

County Name

EITC Returns

Amount of EITC

Mean Amount of EITC

 Nationwide

26,395,167

$60,724,333,350

$ 2,301

ADAMS

5,870

$11,528,338

$1,964

ALLEGHENY

78,149

$151,505,847

$1,939

ARMSTRONG

4,196

$8,124,948

$1,936

BEAVER

11,560

$22,444,446

$1,942

BEDFORD

3,832

$7,488,415

$1,954

BERKS

31,417

$70,021,601

$2,229

BLAIR

10,391

$20,709,679

$1,993

BRADFORD

4,515

$9,269,169

$2,053

BUCKS

26,343

$47,129,283

$1,789

BUTLER

9,641

$17,881,954

$1,855

CAMBRIA

10,167

$19,760,877

$1,944

CAMERON

429

$833,807

$1,944

CARBON

4,730

$9,104,399

$1,925

CENTRE

6,186

$10,437,623

$1,687

CHESTER

17,676

$32,648,353

$1,847

CLARION

2,701

$5,276,783

$1,954

CLEARFIELD

6,010

$11,584,192

$1,927

CLINTON

2,684

$5,062,256

$1,886

COLUMBIA

4,526

$8,818,583

$1,948

CRAWFORD

6,561

$13,275,455

$2,023

CUMBERLAND

13,469

$24,885,691

$1,848

DAUPHIN

21,653

$45,274,436

$2,091

DELAWARE

38,161

$81,106,648

$2,125

ELK

2,153

$3,932,968

$1,827

ERIE

24,806

$54,402,330

$2,193

FAYETTE

12,026

$24,521,338

$2,039

FOREST

440

$754,434

$1,715

FRANKLIN

9,717

$19,479,099

$2,005

FULTON

1,084

$2,096,466

$1,934

GREENE

2,567

$5,133,591

$2,000

HUNTINGDON

3,189

$6,278,898

$1,969

INDIANA

5,318

$9,929,246

$1,867

JEFFERSON

3,574

$6,888,297

$1,927

JUNIATA

1,523

$2,980,477

$1,957

LACKAWANNA

15,805

$31,911,108

$2,019

LANCASTER

33,591

$69,228,838

$2,061

LAWRENCE

7,136

$14,365,684

$2,013

LEBANON

10,116

$21,422,783

$2,118

LEHIGH

28,036

$63,106,131

$2,251

LUZERNE

27,113

$56,930,037

$2,100

LYCOMING

9,315

$18,358,735

$1,971

MCKEAN

3,387

$6,881,920

$2,032

MERCER

8,533

$17,128,497

$2,007

MIFFLIN

3,740

$7,517,902

$2,010

MONROE

11,759

$24,826,198

$2,111

MONTGOMERY

32,475

$59,013,338

$1,817

MONTOUR

1,114

$1,991,954

$1,788

NORTHAMPTON

20,075

$41,267,451

$2,056

NORTHUMBERLAND

7,300

$14,611,639

$2,002

PERRY

3,091

$5,679,702

$1,837

PHILADELPHIA

184,745

$435,954,684

$2,360

PIKE

3,729

$7,691,565

$2,063

POTTER

1,342

$2,818,134

$2,100

SCHUYLKILL

10,650

$20,412,069

$1,917

SNYDER

2,402

$4,500,582

$1,874

SOMERSET

5,237

$9,876,463

$1,886

SULLIVAN

421

$764,720

$1,816

SUSQUEHANNA

3,057

$6,027,246

$1,972

TIOGA

3,005

$5,830,419

$1,940

UNION

2,266

$4,437,085

$1,958

VENANGO

4,248

$8,445,889

$1,988

WARREN

3,052

$5,928,951

$1,943

WASHINGTON

12,357

$23,193,622

$1,877

WAYNE

3,381

$6,850,702

$2,026

WESTMORELAND

22,062

$40,801,290

$1,849

WYOMING

2,227

$4,277,350

$1,921

YORK

29,676

$60,188,370

$2,028

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