Share of Earned Income Tax Credit recipients who pay for tax help as feds ponder regulation

About 55 percent of Earned Income Tax Credit recipients reported using a paid tax preparer last year. The breakdown, by state:

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State Percentage of EITC recipients who use paid tax preparers
Alabama 63
Alaska 36
Arizona 51
Arkansas 60
California 66
Colorado 47
Connecticut 50
Delaware 40
District of Columbia 52
Florida 57
Georgia 57
Hawaii 50
Idaho 46
Illinois 55
Indiana 47
Iowa 57
Kansas 50
Kentucky 59
Louisiana 56
Maine 41
Maryland 52
Massachusetts 55
Michigan 54
Minnesota 51
Mississippi 60
Missouri 50
Montana 47
Nebraska 51
Nevada 56
New Hampshire 39
New Jersey 66
New Mexico 51
New York 68
North Carolina 52
North Dakota 49
Ohio 44
Oklahoma 53
Oregon 38
Pennsylvania 49
Rhode Island 60
South Carolina 56
South Dakota 49
Tennessee 52
Texas 55
Utah 48
Vermont 43
Virginia 44
Washington 39
West Virginia 46
Wisconsin 48
Wyoming 44
United States 55

Source: Internal Revenue Service