BTC BRIEF: Supporting Essential Workers - Health, Education and Public-Safety Occupations Benefit from Earned Income Tax Credit

By Alexandra Forter Sirota
Director, NC Budget & Tax Center
March 2012


  • More than 880,000 working North Carolinians received the state Earned Income Tax Credit in 2010, the latest year for which state tax data is available.
  • Workers earning entry‐level and average salaries in a range of occupations could be income eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit. Among these workers are probation officers, firefighters, library technicians, nursing aides and medical assistants, teachers, police patrol officers, restaurant cooks and waitresses, retail salespersons, and office administration workers.
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