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Where Are Families Most At Risk Of Missing Out On The Expanded Child Tax Credit?
The expanded and fully refundable child tax credit (CTC) will lift millions of children out of poverty in 2021. But many very low-income children may...
October 21, 2021
Federal Budget and Economy
Why Progressivity in Tax Policy Is Not A Simple Matter
Policymakers and even policy analysts often consider the progressivity of specific proposals independently from the broader systems in which they operate. Consequently, they often leave...
October 20, 2021
C. Eugene Steuerle
Immigrant Parents Are Less Aware of Child Tax Credit Than US-Born Parents and More Likely to Plan to Use It to Invest in Education, Fill Gaps in Child Care and Health Care
Immigrant parents are less likely to have heard about the expanded child tax credit (CTC) than parents born in the United States, according to a...
October 7, 2021
Whose Child Is It Anyway? The Ways & Means Definition Makes It Harder for The IRS To Know
To paraphrase Tolstoy , all simple families are alike; each complicated family is complicated in its own way. So when the tax code aims to...
September 27, 2021
Families Planned to Use Child Tax Credit to Pay Bills but Some Were Confused About Eligibility
Starting in July, many parents began receiving monthly payments of the Child Tax Credit (CTC). A new IPSOS survey as well as Urban Institute interviews...
September 15, 2021
An Expanded Child Tax Credit Would Reduce Child Poverty to Below 10 Percent in Nearly All States
The American Rescue Plan’s (ARP) expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC) would reduce child poverty in a typical year below 10 percent in 47 states –...
September 8, 2021
How Can Congress Protect Families Who Receive Excessive Child Tax Credit Payments?
Families began receiving monthly Child Tax Credit (CTC) payments on July 15. For many, those regular payments—currently permitted through the end of the year—will combat...
August 10, 2021
Keeping the Monthly Child Tax Credit Coming, Limiting Risk of Overpayments
Beginning in July, most families with children will receive up to $250 a month per child ($300 for children under 6). Those payments are advances...
June 25, 2021
IRS Set to Deliver Advance Monthly Payments: Needs Ability to Update Bank Information
Starting on July 15, the IRS will begin distributing a monthly Child Tax Credit payment to at least 39 million families, or almost 90 percent...
May 25, 2021
Monthly or Quarterly Child Tax Credit Payments? Both Have Value
IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig told the Senate Finance Committee on April 13 that the agency could begin delivering monthly 2021 Child Tax Credit (CTC) payments...
April 28, 2021
William J. Congdon
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