TAX CREDIT PROVIDES BOOST TO FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN STARTING NEXT WEEK

From the South Seattle Emerald:

At an event to increase awareness of the coming credit, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-Medina) said that the enhanced benefits will reach 1.4 million children in Washington State alone, including 642,000 Children of Color.

“The Child Tax Credit has existed for many years, but one-third of kids were left behind because their parents didn’t make enough money to receive the full tax credit, because it was offsetting their taxes,” DelBene told the Emerald. “That never made sense. It was so important that we got it to the folks who needed it most.”

DelBene and others in Congress want to make the enhanced CTC permanent and have for years. Pushing for a permanent change in the CTC is the best move for families, DelBene said.

“Kids don’t grow up in a year or five years, so we need to make sure they know it’s going to be there for them throughout their child’s life and people who are starting families know that it will be available to them as well,” DelBene said.

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HOW DOES THE NEW CHILD TAX CREDIT WORK IN WASHINGTON?

From the Seattle P-I:

On July 15, many Washington families will receive the first of six monthly payments from the federal government as part of its newly augmented child tax credit.

From now until December, eligible families can receive $300 per month for each child under 6 and $250 per month for each child between the ages of 6 and 17. This is thanks to a massive COVID-19 relief package that Congress passed in March.

At a press conference in Seattle last month, U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Medina) said the tax credit will benefit 1.4 million children across the state.

But how exactly does this work? Who’s eligible? And when will the payments arrive? Keep reading for answers to the questions many families across the state are asking about the expanded tax credit.

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