State EITC Provides a Big Boost in Rural Wisconsin

January 24, 2013

Wisconsin families who live in rural counties are the most likely to benefit from the state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

According to a new analysis by the Wisconsin Budget Project, a nonpartisan research organization based in Madison, more than 15% of people living in rural areas of Wisconsin benefit from the credit, compared to 13.6% of people living in metropolitan counties (those with an urban core of at least 50,000 people), and 13.2% of people living in micropolitan counties (those with an urban core of between 10,000 and 50,000 people). Nine of the ten counties with the largest percentage of residents receiving the EITC are rural.

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