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|
|Waiters and Waitresses||$16,820||$5,460|
|Home Health Aides||$16,810||$5,460|
|Bus Drivers (Transit and Intercity)||$22,470||$5,460|
|Elementary School Teachers||$33,170||$3,372|
|Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers||$33,800||$3,235|
|Postal Service Mail Carriers||$40,520||$1,824|
|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.
 Starting salary data from Utah Department of Workforce Services: http://jobs.utah.gov/jsp/almiswage/alloccs/wage-alloccs. EITC calculator: http://apps.irs.gov/app/eitc2014/ProcessUpdatedSummaryResults.do. Based on a family with two adults and two children in 2014.
 U.S. Department of Defense, 2015 Monthly Basic Pay Tables: http://militarypay.defense.gov/PAY/BASIC/docs/Active%20Duty%20Tables/2015BasicPayTableActiveUncapped.pdf