West Virginians who work should be able to support their families and afford their basic needs. Unfortunately, too many jobs in West Virginia pay too little for workers and their families to make ends meet. 23% of workers in West Virginia are employed in low-wage jobs and over a quarter of those live in poverty. Download PDF.
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a proven tool to help boost the income of the working poor—opening the door to the middle class for those living in poverty. West Virginians who earn the EITC work in their communities as cashiers and daycare workers, home health aides and coffee baristas. By rewarding work, the federal EITC supplemented the earnings of 159,000 West Virginians in 2015. With an average credit of $2,230, this amounts to $355 million introduced into the hands of hard-working West Virginians in 2015.
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