Child Tax Credit Advocates Launch Awareness Day for Monthly Payments to American Parents
“This Child Benefit is an opportunity to make child poverty a shadow of its former self.”
To raise awareness of monthly payments for American families, advocates for the expanded Child Tax Credit launched a day of awareness with the White House on Monday to ensure more Americans understand the benefits of the policy.
“If you filed taxes for 2019 or 2020, or if you signed up with the IRS to receive a stimulus check in 2020, you’re good. If you did not, you have to take action,” said Vice President Kamala Harris in her Monday remarks on the child tax credit. “Visit ChildTaxCredit.gov and fill out the simple form. And that’s it. Then, the monthly payments will start coming.”
The Child Benefit, passed in the American Rescue Plan in March, will begin disbursements of $250 – $300 per child each month, totaling $3000 – $3600 starting on July 15.
98% of all children are eligible for the payments, and if implementation of the benefit is successful, it is expected to cut poverty by at least 45% according to a Columbia University study.
For advocates in Washington of the expanded child tax credit’s extension, which is currently being discussed, an effective rollout of the child-poverty slashing legislation would strengthen their case to make sure the credit doesn’t expire.
“This Child Benefit is an opportunity to make child poverty a shadow of its former self,” said Liam deClive-Lowe, Executive Director of Humanity Forward. “For parents and children everywhere, we ought to ensure these payments don’t expire.”
For those who typically don’t file taxes or have had significant changes in permanent residence or child custody will be able to notify the IRS of their eligibility or changed circumstances using a newly-released web portal.
However, awareness of the policy remains low, with recent polling indicating that around half of all Americans are unaware of the monthly payments. According to a poll conducted by Data For Progress, 53% of Americans know little or nothing about the child tax credit.
“Those struggling to keep up with their expenses are likely not keeping up to date with the newest changes to federal tax policy,” said Greg Nasif, political director of Humanity Forward. “People must file with the IRS in order to receive the money they’re owed.”
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