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REP. MONDAIRE JONES ANNOUNCES CHILD TAX CREDIT MONTHLY PAYMENTS BEGINNING TODAY

July 15, 2021

As families begin receiving payments, 122,000 children in NY-17 stand to benefit from historic middle-class tax cut, with 34,900 households in the district receiving an average of $3,300

WASHINGTON, DCCongressman Mondaire Jones (NY-17) is encouraging working- and middle-class families in New York’s 17th Congressional District to be on the lookout for advance monthly payments of the Child Tax Credit of up to $300 per month per child. Thanks to the expansion of the Child Tax Credit in the American Rescue Plan, which Rep. Jones helped pass into law earlier this year, families will receive monthly payments beginning today and lasting through the end of the year. 

Nearly 35,000 households, coveringnearly 65% of all children, in NY-17 could get up to $300 per child per month between July and December, and even more after filing their taxes next year.

  • Nearly all families should get their monthly payments automatically beginning July 15th with 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 theIRS Child Tax Credit Non-filer Sign-up Tool to sign up today.

"The expanded, fully-refundable Child Tax Credit will literally cut child poverty in half in America, and will lift nearly 12,000 children here in New York’s 17th Congressional District out of poverty,” said Congressman Jones. “I was honored to help pass this historic tax cut for working families into law earlier this year as part of the American Rescue Plan, and I am thrilled that today, families in our district and around the country are beginning to receive these monthly payments. These payments will be transformative for working- and middle-class families like the one I grew up in, which is why we must now build on this historic progress by making this expanded, fully-refundable tax cut permanent.”

Notably, not a single Republican in the House or Senate voted to expand the Child Tax Credit.

Major Tax Relief for Nearly All Working Families:

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 will 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 next year.

Who Qualifies?

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 families should get their monthly payments automatically beginning July 15th 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 theIRS 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 payments by mail around the same time.
  • Families will be able to determine their eligibility, check the status of their payments and more atIRS.gov/childtaxcredit2021 later this month.  

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.”

About Mondaire: Mondaire Jones is the 34-year-old Congressman from New York’s 17th District, serving Westchester and Rockland Counties. He serves on the House Judiciary, Education and Labor, and Ethics Committees and is the first openly gay, Black member of Congress. A product of East Ramapo public schools, Mondaire was raised in Section 8 housing and on food stamps in the Village of Spring Valley by a single mother who worked multiple jobs to provide for their family. He later graduated from Stanford University, worked at the Department of Justice during the Obama Administration, and graduated from Harvard Law School. He is a co-founder of the nonprofit Rising Leaders, Inc. and has previously served on the NAACP’s National Board of Directors and on the board of the New York Civil Liberties Union. Most recently, Mondaire worked as a litigator in the Westchester County Law Department. In November, Mondaire was unanimously elected by his colleagues to be the Freshman Representative to Leadership, making him the youngest member of the Democratic House leadership team. In December, Jones was appointed a Deputy Whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and became a Co-Chair of the LGBTQ Equality Caucus. Mondaire was born and raised in Rockland and resides in Westchester.

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