Today is a great day in America. Families in #MD05 & across the country will start to see the first monthly payments from the expanded #ChildTaxCredit, thanks to the #AmericanRescuePlan passed by House Democrats. These funds will bring much needed relief to working families. pic.twitter.com/zDmHBdAxdd— Steny Hoyer (@LeaderHoyer) July 15, 2021
The American Rescue Plan paved way for the historic expansion of the Child Tax Credit. Through December 2021, thousands of Maryland families recieved monthly payments deposited directly into their bank accounts of up to $300 per child under age 6 and up to $250 per child from ages 6 to 17. The enhanced Child Tax Credit helped provide Maryland families with a total of $3,600 for each child under 6 and $3,000 total for each child between ages 6 and 17 per year. Any funds not received last year by the end of December can now be claimed when filing 2021 taxes this year.
Important information For Beneficiaries of the Child Tax Credit this Tax Season
Tax season is now underway, and millions of Americans are beginning to file their 2021 tax returns. This year, the tax filing process may look different, especially if you are a member of one of thousands of households who received the historic monthly Child Tax Credit payments last year, or Economic Impact Payments from the American Rescue Plan. The deadline to file taxes is April 18, 2022, but the sooner you start your process the better to avoid any delays in receiving a refund.
Many Marylanders can head over to the IRS website to file their returns for free. If you need assistance before filing, the IRS has opened face-to-face help on Saturdays at Taxpayer Assistance Centers across the country. This walk-in-service is free and available locally. This is especially helpful for families with questions about their Child Tax Credit payments and other questions for filing. Hours of operation are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and you can find a center near you by clicking here.
Even if you do not normally file taxes, benefits from the American Rescue Plan may boost refunds for your family and you should consider filing this year. You may be eligible to claim the most benefits under the American Rescue Plan, and expect a greater refund this year. For more information on tax benefits in the American Rescue Plan, please visit this website.
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