Nationally, 1.5 million military families receive one of the credits, according to our analysis of Census Bureau and Internal Revenue Service data. In about 280,000 of these families, a parent now serves in the armed forces; in the rest, a parent is a veteran. Pennsylvania alone has 48,000 veterans and armed forces families with children that receive the EITC or low-income component of the Child Tax Credit annually.
The 1.5 million families contain about 3 million children under age 18. They received, on average, about $2,650 per household from the EITC in 2011 and about $1,000 from the low-income portion of the Child Tax Credit. Studies have found that children whose families receive more income support from the EITC tend to do better in school and are more likely to attend college and to earn more as adults.New fact sheet gives state-by-state figures on how many active-duty and veteran families receive the credits.