Washington, DC's EITC lifts the incomes of low-wage workers. Tax policy is an important tool for reducing inequality and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) plays a major role in boosting incomes and encouraging work for low-income working families. In 2017, the federal EITC program helped lift an estimated 5.7 million US families out of poverty. Twenty-eight states, along with the District of Columbia, New York City, and Montgomery County offer their own EITCs. Washington, DC's EITC is the most generous in the nation. It offers 40 percent of the federal credit (while some states offer as low as 3 percent) and cash refunds when your credit exceeds your cash obligation. The DC EITC was recently expanded to reach childless workers (workers without children as well as non-custodial parents), a large share of whom are not typically eligible. Learn more.