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The Marginal Effect of Taxes and Transfers on Poverty Estimate: 2002 (Revised)

(Numbers in thousands)

Income measures 2002
Below poverty level
Number Percent
Official definition 34,570 12.1
Official less payroll taxes plus net capital gains 37,142 13.0
Official less federal and state income taxes plus net capital gains 34,959 12.3
Official less federal and state income taxes plus net capital gains and earned income credit (EIC) 30,903 10.8
Official less taxes plus net capital gains and EIC 33,253 11.7
Official less nonmeans-tested cash transfers 55,286 19.4
Official less means-tested cash transfers 36,648 12.8
Official plus means-tested non-medical noncash transfers 31,133 10.9
Official plus foodstamps 31,422 11.7
Official plus rent subsidies 33,371 11.7
Official plus regular-price school lunch 34,562 12.1
Official plus all non-medical noncash transfers 31,120 10.9
Official less taxes plus EIC and all noncash transfers 29,264 10.3

For further explanation of the tax model revisions issued in April 2004 see, "Alternative Measures of Poverty for 2001 and 2002 (Revised)" at Alternative Measures Revision

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, 2003 Annual Social and Economic Supplement.


Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Social, Economic, and Housing Statistics Division: Poverty |  Last Revised: June 22, 2010