HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The federal Child Tax Credit will start hitting bank accounts of parents and guardians around Connecticut and the nation Thursday.
Representative John Larson (CT-01) was in Hartford on Thursday to highlight the payments and tell families what they need to know about the tax credit.
It’s a measure temporarily in place by the American Rescue Plan.
For families who make under a certain amount, they will get $300 a month for each child under 6, $250 a month for each child 6 to 17.
“Making sure the bills are paid and helping out the family and food and being able to survive,” said Jessica Rivera, a parent.
The stated goal by the Democrats behind this measure is to reduce childhood poverty by half in the United States. The IRS estimates payments will go out to 39 million families around the country.
Representative Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) is taking a step further and urging her colleagues in Washington to make the tax credit permanent.
“We have a real opportunity here to not just throw money at a problem but build an architecture for the future use this as the moment to lift up all children and families so that every person has the opportunity to succeed,” DeLauro said.
Larson and Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin are raising awareness for families who don’t realize they are eligible. Bronin says there are 2,000 kids in the city who are not on the radar to receive this tax credit.
“And that’s because their families may not make enough to have to file those taxes. It could be that the families file those taxes, but didn’t claim them as dependents because there was no particular reason that they thought they should,” Bronin said.
To help families who aren’t in the know, the state will be working with nonprofits and libraries to sign families up for the credit, and create a public awareness campaign, so no child is left behind.
Officials urge families with kids that have not filed taxes between 2019 and now to file so that they can collect the child tax credit too.
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Rep. Larson will be at Catholic Charities on 45 Wadsworth Street in Hartford at 2:30 p.m. Thursday to discuss the child tax credit.