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Senator Schumer, Reps. AOC, Velázquez & Nadler to Speak on Expanded Child Tax Credit

July 8, 2021

NEW YORK, NY - On Thursday at the Ted Weiss Federal Building, Majority Leader Senator Charles Schumer and Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Nydia Velázquez and Jerry Nadler will hold a press conference on the Child Tax Credit (CTC). Congress expanded the CTC in March as part of the American Rescue Plan, so that families could get more relief and get it sooner.  The first advanced checks will be sent to families next week on Thursday, July 15. The checks will be $250-300 per child, and families will receive these checks every month for the rest of 2021. Families will then claim the remainder of their credit on their taxes next year, for a total credit of $3,000-3,600 per child.

The Congressional leaders will also encourage constituents who are struggling to sign-up for the CTC to take advantage of walk-in hours happening at the Ted Weiss Federal Building, on Saturday, July 10, from 10am to 7pm ET.  On Friday, constituents can also take advantage of walk-in hours at Urban Upbound in Long Island City (9am-4pm), or they can make an appointment at COJO Flatbush (9am-2pm) by dialing 718-377-2900, ext. 331 or ext. 7618.

Any eligible family who filed their 2020 or 2019 taxes will automatically receive a check, but those who didn’t make enough to file taxes should attend the walk-in hours or use the IRS’ online tool for 'non-filers. Any child with a Social Security Number qualifies for the tax credit, even if their guardians do not have legal immigration status - but in this case, guardians must have Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs). Constituents can file a W-7 Application to receive an ITIN, and they can also utilize the walk-in hours on Saturday to get any additional assistance with the process.