BTC BRIEF: North Carolina's State Earned Income Tax Credit - A Support for Working Families with Wide-Spread Benefits

By Alexandra Forter Sirota
Director, Budget & Tax Center
May 2012


  • The state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) provides workers earning low wages with a credit to offset their total state and local tax contributions. The state EITC was worth 5 percent of the federal EITC to a family claiming the credit in 2010.
  • Recently available data from the N.C. Department of Revenue show that more than 883,000 North Carolinians claimed the credit in 2010 and that they live in every county in the state.
  • National research on the EITC finds that the credit has reached nearly half of workers with children at some point and the majority received it for a short period of time.
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