Tax Policy Center

Fiscal Facts

May 6, 2019
Total Amount of EITC Claimed Annually
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) was established in 1975. The total amount of credit claimed in 1975 was $1.2 billion (or $5.6 billion in 2016 dollars). In 2016, the total was $66.7 billion, almost 12 times larger in real terms.