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Child tax credit deadline coming up

From staff reports

The deadline is approaching for families to access the Expanded Child Tax Credit.

The American Rescue Plan Act, which passed in March, temporarily increased the Child Tax Credut to provide monthly payments to families with children ($250 for children under age 6 and $300 for children ages 6-17).) Nearly all families with children are eligible.

The credit has proven beneficial in drastically reducing child poverty, by providing money directly to families.

Survey data demonstrates most families are using the payments to buy food, clothing, and school-related items.

Recent data indicate that the tax credit can reduce child poverty by 40 percent, and that the first round of payments led to a significant decrease in food insecurity. While the current extension expires at the end of this year, many advocates and legislators are pushing to make it permanent.

While many families have been receiving their payments automatically, some are missing out!

Individuals who don’t file taxes or who have not otherwise provided their information to the IRS may not be receiving their payments.

The deadline to apply for 2021 is Nov. 15. Individuals can complete a simplified tax return at GetCTC.org in order to receive their payments.

Through funding provided by the Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio, the Hocking Athens Perry Community Action is conducting outreach to promote the credit and can also provide information and direct application assistance to individuals seeking to apply. For assistance, contact Lydia Dunn at Lydia.dunn@hapcap.org or (740) 270-3247.

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