URGENT: Tell Congress to expand the Child Tax Credit and bring the full credit to millions of low-income families
House and Senate negotiators released a tax proposal that would improve the Child Tax Credit for about 80% of families with low incomes who now do not receive the full credit and lift an estimated 400,000 children above the poverty line.
While this proposal wouldn’t go as far as the last time Congress expanded the CTC in 2021 as a part of President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, it is a step towards fixing deficiencies in the current CTC, which provides higher benefits to families earning $400,000 per year than to families earning $15,000.
Under current law, a mother with 2 children earning $15,000 would get $1,875 from the CTC, while higher-earning families receive $4,000 ($2,000 per child). The new proposal raises the $15,000/ 2-child family’s credit to $3,600 for 2023, with the credit equaling the maximum per child in 2025.
This new version of the expanded Child Tax Credit is not perfect―still leaving out families with no earnings―but it is our best opportunity to address child poverty at a time when the right-wing is attempting to cut critical programs from nutrition assistance to housing assistance.
Across the country, support is building for Congress to once again expand the Child Tax Credit, with an increasing number of local media outlets taking note of the growing rise in hunger among families with children since the additional CTC payments were halted last December.
The story quotes Michael Reinke, Executive Director of the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter, who said requests for family food boxes are up 25 percent from this time last year. His organization is urging lawmakers to make restoring the Child Tax Credit a top priority.
“Running out of the things that are more expensive — running out of meat, running out of milk, eggs — those are the highest demand right now,” Reinke observed.
Reinke added that the majority of people he meets at the soup kitchen are working, sometimes at more than one job. “You can be working full-time and still not be able to make all of your ends meet,” Reinke emphasized.