WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is continuing her push for New York families to take advantage of Child Tax Credit payments.
Gillibrand, in a press conference with reporters Wednesday, said it is estimated that New York families will receive $7.03 billion in relief and 87 percent of children under the age of 18 will benefit from the enhanced program.
She says most families will automatically receive monthly payments without further action, however, families that did not earn enough money to file income taxes in previous years, or that welcomed a new baby or child into their family in 2021, must visit childtaxcredit.gov to sign up.
“Finally, nearly all working families can get the full value of the Child Tax Credit, including low-income families who have shouldered the worst of the pandemic and need urgent relief,” said Gillibrand. “The expansion of the Child Tax Credit is one of the most important poverty-reducing tools to help families put food on the table, pay for childcare, get back to work, and build a better future.”
Prior to the American Rescue Plan’s enhanced Child Tax Credit, relief was only available for families after they filled taxes.
Starting July 15, families will receive monthly payments of up to $250 for each child aged six to seventeen years old and $300 for children under the age of six.