Boo! Spooky Statistics on Poverty in America

Kid in Witch CostumeIs there anything scarier than ghosts, zombies, and witches?

With 46.2 million impoverished Americans in 2011, the state of poverty in the U.S. is certainly frightful.

As millions of children (and many adults!) don their scariest costumes for Halloween, we know many of you are getting ready for another set of calendar dates: the upcoming tax season. Below you’ll find some “frightening” statistics on poverty in our country to remind us all of why we do what we do for low-income taxpayers – trying to take these numbers down to zero.

Scary facts about poverty for children and families:

But poverty doesn’t just affect children:

Some of the most frightening facts about poverty relate to hunger:

While the fight against poverty is a daunting one, we should remember that together we help millions of these families each year open bank accounts, purchase a savings bond, avoid hundreds of dollars in tax preparation fees, enroll in benefits, and fill-out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

And the hard work and long hours you put into each day are part of a proven, tested method for lifting those families out of poverty and onto the path of financial security. So keep up the good fight!

By Brenna Murphy, Communications & Member Relations Intern

About National Community Tax Coalition

National Community Tax Coalition (NCTC) is the nation's largest, most comprehensive membership organization for community-based organizations offering free tax and financial services to low-income working families.

Posted on October 31, 2012, in NCTC and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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