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Who Qualifies for the EITC?  You Might Be Surprised…

In 2013, 193,551 Utah working families received an average federal EITC of $2,323 each. They include many workers we encounter daily, as well as members of the United States military who reside in Utah.

Occupation Utah Starting Salary Federal EITC Amount[1]
Firefighters $16,930 $5,460
Waiters and Waitresses $16,820 $5,460
Home Health Aides $16,810 $5,460
Restaurant Cooks $17,780 $5,460
Nursing Assistants $19,880 $5,460
Medical Assistants $23,590 $5,394
Bus Drivers (Transit and Intercity) $22,470 $5,460
Pharmacy Technicians $24,850 $5,120
Elementary School Teachers $33,170 $3,372
Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers $33,800 $3,235
Librarians $34,970 $2,993
Postal Service Mail Carriers $40,520 $1,824
Military Personnel[2]
U.S. Army Private (E1) $17,165 $5,460
Marine Corporal (E4) $24,235 $5,257
Air Force Staff Sergeant (E5) $26,435 $4,793


What is the EITC?

The Earned Income Tax Credit or EITC was created in 1975 under President Ford and has been subsequently expanded by Presidents Reagan, Bush, and each successive Presidential administration. It encourages and rewards work, offsets federal payroll and income taxes, and raises living standards for low- and moderate-income workers.

Who Qualifies for the EITC?

Tax filers qualify based on amount of earned income and number of dependent children. This group includes mostly families, though low-income adults with no children can qualify for a smaller credit.

How much can a family receive?

The maximum credit in 2014 was $6,143 for a family with three or more children earning between $13,650 and $17,830 (or $23,260 for married couples). For families with less than three children, the credit is lower.


[1] Starting salary data from Utah Department of Workforce Services:  EITC calculator: Based on a family with two adults and two children in 2014.

[2] U.S. Department of Defense, 2015 Monthly Basic Pay Tables: