Earned Income Tax Credits at Risk By County

Today Citizen Action held a media call with State Representative Daniel Riemer to highlight the importance of bringing in over $230 million per year in Earned Income Tax Credits left on the table statewide. Citizen Action members in Eau Claire and in Milwaukee also announced a similar pushes in recent weeks. 

“Our communities cannot thrive when workers hold lower-wage economy-busting jobs. When working families can afford the basics, they are able to spend money at local businesses, generating more jobs and more prosperity,” said Kevin Kane, Organizing Director at Citizen Action of Wisconsin. “Promoting the Earned Income Tax Credit ensure that more tax dollars enter our state's local economy directly through the consumers that make that economy possible.”

Each year millions of federal tax credits are left on the table as consumers mistakenly don't realize they are eligible. Cities across the country work to promote the benefits and resources to help their residents sign up and bring these federal refundable credits into the local economy. 

Below is data for Wisconsin Counties on how much per year is estimated to be left on the table in both Earned Income Tax Credits and in Child Tax Credits.

Table 1: Earned Income Tax Credits and Child Tax Credits left on table by Wisconsin County

County Additional residents eligible for EITC (1) Average EITC Amount Per person Eligible (2)   Total Amount Annually on the Table (3)
Adams 1,634 $2,031   $900,633
Ashland 1,495 $2,060   $834,891
Barron 3,620 $2,136   $2,120,493
Bayfield 1,296 $1,923   $674,657
Brown 17,545 $2,168   $10,457,615
Buffalo 888 $2,043   $500,266
Burnett 1,331 $2,118   $762,224
Calumet 2,538 $1,962   $1,402,260
Chippewa 4,434 $2,071   $2,544,065
Clark 2,125 $2,069   $1,214,748
Columbia 3,458 $1,958   $1,903,600
Crawford 1,347 $2,149   $782,759
Dane 25,585 $1,902   $13,395,418
Dodge 5,104 $1,991   $2,860,282
Door 1,823 $1,846   $927,523
Douglas 3,388 $2,066   $1,913,400
Dunn 2,683 $2,034   $1,511,297
Eau Claire 6,788 $1,930   $3,625,240
Florence 352 $1,855   $176,266
Fond du Lac 6,035 $2,064   $3,457,642
Forest 784 $2,223   $472,597
Grant 3,137 $2,034   $1,748,948
Green 2,371 $1,997   $1,312,470
Green Lake 1,159 $2,092   $676,373
Iowa 1,612 $2,009   $894,443
Iron 575 $1,922   $297,103
Jackson 1,590 $2,040   $908,840
Jefferson 4,809 $2,049   $2,735,365
Juneau 2,135 $2,141   $1,247,464
Kenosha 12,656 $2,238   $7,668,885
Kewaunee 1,118 $1,951   $612,262
La Crosse 7,040 $1,899   $3,694,479
Lafayette 1,108 $2,110   $637,946
Langlade 1,553 $2,029   $858,513
Lincoln 1,922 $1,982   $1,054,745
Manitowoc 5,096 $2,005   $2,835,122
Marathon 9,199 $2,049   $5,214,655
Marinette 3,204 $1,980   $1,743,594
Marquette 1,083 $2,024   $600,208
Menominee 748 $2,650   $532,805
Milwaukee 93,652 $2,593   $64,657,793
Monroe 3,380 $2,140   $2,004,328
Oconto 2,499 $1,988   $1,380,130
Oneida 2,695 $1,896   $1,390,068
Outagamie 10,452 $1,985   $5,803,065
Ozaukee 2,977 $1,718   $1,429,663
Pepin 434 $2,116   $249,152
Pierce 1,799 $1,969   $981,212
Polk 3,101 $2,086   $1,791,626
Portage 4,436 $1,845   $2,249,387
Price 1,040 $1,912   $544,957
Racine 14,918 $2,344   $9,465,366
Richland 1,294 $2,052   $730,327
Rock 12,988 $2,255   $7,994,124
Rusk 1,249 $2,186   $739,934
St. Croix 4,115 $1,982   $2,287,410
Sauk 4,469 $2,008   $2,496,335
Sawyer 1,613 $2,158   $942,124
Shawano 3,050 $2,145   $1,806,311
Sheboygan 7,358 $2,010   $4,119,777
Taylor 1,416 $2,036   $800,904
Trempealeau 1,936 $2,059   $1,111,436
Vernon 1,940 $2,200   $1,161,563
Vilas 1,790 $1,905   $923,709
Walworth 6,503 $2,070   $3,713,651
Washburn 1,343 $2,108   $770,872
Washington 5,509 $1,873   $2,916,230
Waukesha 13,514 $1,778   $6,736,948
Waupaca 3,379 $2,045   $1,925,246
Waushara 1,738 $2,052   $974,519
Winnebago 10,710 $1,963   $5,826,805
Wood 5,330 $1,993   $2,915,120
         
Statewide 388,995 $2,045   $230,552,178

1-Estimate from 2013 Earned Income Tax Credit local county figures, Brookings Institute

2-Based on average individual Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) in 2013

3-Figured based on residents eligible for EITC and Child Tax Credit but haven’t claimed it.

 

Table 2: Earned Income Tax Credits and Child Tax Credits left on table for 10 Largest cities by population

10 Largest Cities by Population Average EITC Amount Per person Eligible (1) Additional residents eligible for EITC (2)   Total Amount Annually on the Table (3)
Appleton $2,001 1,213   $2,689,360
Eau Claire $1,869 1,159   $2,400,020
Green Bay $2,253 2,335   $5,731,386
Janesville $2,154 1,280   $3,022,279
Kenosha $2,321 2,123   $5,306,179
Madison $1,824 3,295   $6,524,684
Milwaukee $2,732 17,882   $51,650,758
Oshkosh $1,971 1,106   $2,394,781
Racine $2,482 1,958   $5,215,633
Waukesha $1,949 881   $1,901,835

1-Estimate from 2013 Earned Income Tax Credit local county figures, Brookings Institute

2-Based on average individual Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) in 2013

3-Figured based on residents eligible for EITC and Child Tax Credit but haven’t claimed it.

 

Want to know how to help the public access these resources? Check out the searchable database showing free and volunteer tax prep sites (VITA) by zip code! Or check out these promotional flyers that Citizen Action has made for Milwaukee County residents in both English and Spanish. Interested in these flyers for your community? Let us know! We can do them for most cities or counties in Wisconsin!

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