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Rep. Demings Urges Families to Get Child Tax Credit ASAP

May 10, 2021
Press Release
Families should file their taxes before May 17th to get the earliest possible access to the Child Tax Credit passed by Democrats in the American Rescue Plan.

ORLANDO, FL – U.S. Rep. Val Demings (FL-10) is urging hardworking families in the 10th District to file their taxes—even if they are reporting no income—before the upcoming May 17th deadline to ensure fast and accurate access to the monthly Child Tax Credit payments.

As part of the American Rescue Plan, which passed with the support of Rep. Demings but zero GOP votes, families could get monthly payments of up to $300 per child beginning as soon as July.

  • 176,100 children in Rep. Demings’ district could benefit from the advance monthly payments. That’s 88% of all children in the district.
  • 15,900 children in the district will be lifted out of poverty, and 5,400 children will be lifted out of deep poverty.
  • 55,000 households in Rep. Demings’ district could get an average total benefit of $3,000.

Said Rep. Demings, “Floridians with children should file their taxes as soon as possible in order to start getting direct monthly payments from the expanded child tax credit which we passed in the American Rescue Plan earlier this year. I voted for the American Rescue Plan because I believe that we need to invest in our communities and our families so that people can get back on their feet following this pandemic.

“I will always stand with Florida’s families, because no child should live in poverty and every family should have the stability to keep a roof over their head and food on the table. These payments will set children up for success and put money in hardworking parents’ pockets, allowing them to pay for childcare or other essentials as we return to normal and get back to work.”

How Much are the Child Tax Credit Advance Monthly Payments?

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 as soon as 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.

Who Qualifies for the Child Tax Credit Advance Monthly Payments?

  • 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.
  • To be eligible, children must:
    • Have a Social Security number,
    • Live with you for at least half of the year,
    • Be under age 18 as of December 31, 2021, and
    • Be claimed on your tax return.
  • Children are eligible if they are your children, adopted children, stepchildren, half-siblings, foster children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews, or certain other relatives. The adult filing taxes must have a Social Security Number or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number.

How Can Families Get Help Preparing and Filing their Taxes for Free?

Free tax preparation services are generally available until the tax filing deadline. Families should file their taxes before the May 17th deadline even if they do not have earnings to report or do not normally file, because the IRS needs information from tax returns in order to calculate and issue advance monthly payments.