FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 15, 2021
52,000 households, covering 94.3 of all children in California’s 44th Congressional District could get payments every month, this July-December, as part of the American Rescue Plan
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán encourages all Los Angeles County families who have not yet signed up for Child Tax Credit benefits to sign up, as payments will begin to be direct deposited into bank accounts TODAY.
- In California’s 44th Congressional District, 52,000 households, covering 3 percent of all children, could get up to $300 per month per child from July-December 2021 — and could get even more after families file their taxes next year.
- In California’s 44th Congressional District, 192,900 children could benefit from these payments.
- Nearly all families should get their monthly payments automatically, beginning July 15thwith no further action required.
- 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 Toolto sign up today.
“The newly expanded Child Tax Credit is an important change that will get money directly to families that need it so they can provide for their children. The money can be used to pay for childcare, food, or any other household needs. The expanded Child Tax Credit will lift up families in Los Angeles County and across the country. In our district alone, 192,900 children will benefit,” Congresswoman Barragán said. “Families will start getting these benefits today.”
Major Tax Relief for Nearly All Working Families
How Much Is the Child Tax Credit Expansion?
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.
The child must have a Social Security Number, but the parents claiming the deduction can use either a Social Security Number or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).
How Do Families Get Their Payments?
Nearly all families should get their monthly payments automatically, beginning today, July 15th, with no further action required. Families who filed tax returns for 2019 or 2020 or signed up to receive a stimulus check from the Internal Revenue Service, will get this tax relief automatically. They 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 .
Watch out for 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.”
Nanette Diaz Barragán is proud to represent California’s 44th Congressional District, which includes the communities of Carson, Compton, Florence-Firestone, Lynwood, North Long Beach, Rancho Dominguez, San Pedro, South Gate, Walnut Park, Watts, Willowbrook and Wilmington. She serves as chairwoman of the House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Border Security.