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Figure 1: Household Income or Resources under the Official Poverty Measure in Comparison with the Supplemental Poverty Measure

Figure 1: Household Income or Resources under the Official Poverty Measure in Comparison with the Supplemental Poverty Measure

This image is excerpted from a U.S. GAO report:
www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-516

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Note: Unlike the official measure, the SPM adjusts for taxes. It subtracts federal, state, and local income taxes, and payroll taxes. It also takes into account federal and state tax credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, as well as other tax credits.

Housing assistance, in the SPM, is based on households who reported living in public or subsidized housing in the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplement. These could include recipients of housing programs administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, other federal agencies, or state or local governments.

Posted by U.S. GAO on 2015-10-06 14:53:42

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