Blumenauer Encourages Oregon Families to be on Lookout for Child Tax Credit Monthly Payments Starting Today
PORTLAND, OR – U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) is encouraging working families across Oregon to be on the lookout for advance monthly payments of the Child Tax Credit. The $250-$300 per child per month payments begin today and run through December.
“Throughout the pandemic, I’ve pushed for direct cash assistance to get people the help they need, when they need it. This enhanced Child Tax Credit is part of the equation,” said Blumenauer, who helped to secure this important provision in the American Rescue Plan through his role on the House Ways and Means Committee. “Rather than waiting to provide families support when they file their annual tax return, Democrats, with zero support from Republicans, passed this historic provision to increase the amount of money working families receive and, most importantly, make it so that families can get some of that money each month.”
Here’s how the expanded and enhanced Child Tax Credit secured by Democrats will impact Oregon’s 3rd Congressional District:
- 83.1% of children, or 137,900 children, will benefit.
- 10,300 children in the district will be lifted out of poverty.
- Because of the larger benefit for the youngest children, 4,200 kids under the age of six will be lifted out of poverty.
- Families with children in poverty will receive $4,300 on average.
Here are frequently asked questions about the Child Tax Credit:
How Much Is the Child Tax Credit Expansion from the American Rescue Plan?
- The American Rescue Plan expanded the Child Tax Credit to up to $3,600 per child for children ages 0 to 5 and $3,000 per child for children ages 6 to 17.
- The American Rescue Plan also authorized advance monthly payments of the Child Tax Credit through December 2021. Beginning in July and running through December, qualifying families can get up to:
- $300 a month per child for children ages 0 to 5.
- $250 a month per child for children ages 6 to 17.
- Families will get their remaining expanded Child Tax Credit when they file their 2021 tax return.
- Families will qualify for a full credit if their income is below $75,000 for single filers, $112,000 for people filing as head of household, or $150,000 for people who are married and filing jointly.
How Do I Get My Payment?
- Nearly all eligible families should get their monthly payments automatically beginning July 15 with no further action required. If you’ve filed tax returns for 2019 or 2020, or if you signed up to receive a stimulus check from the Internal Revenue Service, you will get this tax relief automatically. You do not need to sign up or take any action.
- Families who did not file a tax return for 2019 or 2020 and who did not use the IRS Non-filers tool last year to sign up for the Economic Impact Payments, should go online and use the IRS Child Tax Credit Non-filer Sign-up Tool to sign up today.
- Families who got their refunds from the IRS through direct deposit will get these payments in their bank account around the 15th of every month until the end of 2021. People who don’t use direct deposit will receive their payment by mail around the same time.
- Families will be able to determine their eligibility, check the status of their payments and more at IRS.gov/childtaxcredit2021 later this month.
Should I be Concerned About scams?
- According to IRS.gov: “The IRS urges everyone to be on the lookout for scams related to both Advance Child Tax Credit payments and Economic Impact Payments. The IRS emphasized that the only way to get either of these benefits is by either filing a tax return with the IRS or registering online through the Non-filer Sign-up tool, exclusively on IRS.gov. Any other option is a scam.
- Watch out for scams using email, phone calls or texts related to the payments. Be careful and cautious: The IRS never sends unsolicited electronic communications asking anyone to open attachments or visit a non-governmental web site.”