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UNITED WAY SUNCOAST and the IRS will hold a Child Tax Credit event to help community members who don’t normally file taxes get Child Tax Credit payments and Economic Impact Payments. There are dollars designated to lift children out of poverty, but we have to ensure parents know about the opportunity. The American Rescue Plan expands the Child Tax Credit (CTC) for tax year 2021. Individuals eligible for a 2021 CTC will receive advance CTC payments, unless the individual declines it through the IRS’s online portal. Advance CTC payments will be made regularly from July through December.
The IRS is urging people with children to file their 2020 tax returns as soon as possible to make sure they're eligible for the appropriate amount of the CTC. Eligible individuals do not need to take any action other than to file their 2020 tax return if they have not done so. The Treasury Department and the IRS publicly committed to carrying out a sweeping public awareness campaign to reach all Americans who may be eligible for this financial assistance. As part of this public awareness campaign, the IRS, in conjunction with its community partners and volunteers, will host a series of free tax preparation days in 15 cities offering free tax preparation services to individuals who are eligible for the advance CTC payments but have not filed their 2020 tax return.