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Earlier this year, President Joe Biden extended the Child Tax Credit to include advance monthly payments to help families manage the financial challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Child Tax Credit is a crucial benefit. Families with children are eligible for $3,600 per child under six years old and $3,000 per child aged 6-17, with half of this amount available in 2021 as advance monthly payments. Those who have not filed a tax return in the past two years will miss out on these payments unless they register or file taxes by November 15.
Families who filed taxes the past two years have automatically received the first monthly payments already, but those who have not filed taxes in 2020 or 2019 must register or file taxes by November 15 in order to receive the advanced payments. Families can go to GetCTC.org/nyc to sign up for payments or to file a tax return by visiting nyc.gov/taxprep.
Watch Brooklyn A attorney Kelly Lai explain the Advance Child Tax Credit and how to apply here: https://youtu.be/wEpQXpx3d6g
Kelly is part of Brooklyn A’s Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic, which represents and educates low-income taxpayers on issues related to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. Low-income households are at a disadvantage because their lack of resources may limit their ability to get representation. We advocate on their behalf to ensure the fairness and integrity of the tax system.
Email us at [email protected] or call (718) 487-2300 for assistance with a tax controversy, to discuss your rights, get updates on upcoming deadlines, or access any of our services for taxpayers.
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Brooklyn A Team