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13—rank of North Carolina among states in highest percentage of population living in poverty (“North Carolina’s Earned Income Tax Credit: A Modest but Vital Boost to Low-Paid Workers across the State, N.C Budget & Tax Center, February 2013)

5—current rate of state Earned Income Tax Credit as a percentage of the federal credit (Ibid)

4.5—rate of state Earned Income Tax Credit as a percentage of the federal credit in 2013 in legislation that recently passed the House (Ibid)

0—rate of state Earned Income Tax Credit as a percentage of the federal credit after 2013 unless state lawmakers extend it (Ibid)

6—number of years since the state EITC was created (Ibid)

907,000—number of low-wage workers in North Carolina who claimed the state EITC in 2011(Ibid)

6 million—number of people in the United States who were lifted out of poverty in 2011 by the federal EITC (“Earned Income Tax Credit,” Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

3 million—number of people in the United States who were lifted out of poverty in 2011 by the federal EITC who were children (Ibid)

293,400—number of North Carolinians lifted above the federal poverty line by the federal EITC from 2009-2011 (“North Carolina’s Earned Income Tax Credit: A Modest but Vital Boost to Low-Paid Workers across the State,: N.C Budget & Tax Center, February 2013)

146,700—number of North Carolinians lifted above the federal poverty line by the federal EITC from 2009-2011 who were children (Ibid)

100—number of counties in North Carolina with workers who benefited from the state EITC in 2011 (Ibid)

105.2 million—amount in dollars of the value of the state EITC for low-wage workers in North Carolina in 2011 (Ibid)

27—number of years since President Ronald Reagan called the EITC “the best anti-poverty, the best pro-family, the best job creation measure to come out of Congress” (“Earned Income Tax Credit,” Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

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