This research brief and accompanying state fact sheets explore what would happen if the EITC for childless adults was expanded significantly. Through both national and state-level estimates, we show the number of workers who would become newly eligible for the EITC and the increase in EITC benefits for both currently and newly eligible workers. Using Urban’s Analysis of Transfers, Taxes, and Income Security (ATTIS) microsimulation model with 2016 American Community Survey data, we modeled expansions of the childless EITC. In addition to increasing the federal EITC, this policy expansion would also result in an increase in state EITC benefits for workers in 22 states that calculate the state EITC as a percentage of the federal EITC. If states continue to conform to the federal EITC, workers in these states would qualify for an additional $1.4 billion in state EITC benefits under the expansion.
Learn more through our 50-state fact sheets to see how expanding the childless EITC would play out in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.