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The Local Take: Child Tax Credit Deadline Is November 15

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WCLK's The Local Take is talking this week about the Child Tax Credit with U. S. Health and Human Services representative Keylan Mitchell. The expanded Child Tax Credit is part of the American Rescue Plan passed by Congress earlier this year. This program has the power to lift thousands of children out of poverty with direct payment to parents. If you file taxes in 2019 or 2020, you don’t have to do anything. You will automatically receive the payments to your account. But if you didn’t or don’t file taxes, you need to register, and the deadline is November 15th.

Mitchell shares that the Child Tax Credit has been around since 1997 and has gone through various changes. In the latest change, low-income parents who may not file taxes are now eligible to receive the benefit. To do so, they can reach out directly to the IRS or speak with in-person navigators by calling 877-888-1770 or getctc.org/kids.

Mitchell explains that this Child Tax Credit expansion can lift 26 million children out of poverty when implemented. Parents with children under age six will receive a total of $3600 per child. Children aged 6 – 17 will receive $3000 per child. Those who are eligible and file now will receive an adjusted lump sum.

For more information on the expanded Child Tax Credit

To register to receive the Child Tax Credit