“You may be in the process of filing your taxes now, and if you’re a parent, one of the changes to your return this year relates to the Child Tax Credit. In 2021, that credit was expanded. Families were receiving direct cash payments monthly, $300 per child under the age of six and $250 per child under 17 for about six months, but those payments stopped in January because Congress allowed the expanded child tax credit to expire. While parents can still get the remainder of that credit when they file their taxes, many middle and lower-income families are feeling a financial squeeze without the extra cash flow that came monthly.
Researchers and early childhood education advocates in Illinois joined The 21st to talk about what the credit meant for families.
Manager for Data and Research | Voices for Illinois Children, Illinois KIDS Count Report
Vice President, Illinois Policy, Start Early
Project for Middle Class Renewal, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Parent leader and activist with Community Organizing and Family Issues/POWER-PAC IL | Member, Stepping Out of Poverty Campaign”
Listen to the story here.