Attorney General James Reminds New Yorkers of Child Tax Credit Payments Beginning July 15

Starting July 15 and Continuing for Rest of Year, Millions of Americans
With at Least One Child Under Age of 17 Will Get a Minimum
Monthly Payment of $250 from Federal Government

Non-Tax Filers Can Use IRS Portal to Register for First Child Tax Credit Check

NEW YORK – New York Attorney General Letitia James today reminded New Yorkers that, starting July 15, 2021, families across New York will gain access to new, expanded child tax credit benefits. Families with qualifying dependents could receive up to $300 monthly for each child under the age of 6, or $250 monthly for older dependents. Half of the total credit will arrive monthly between July and the end of 2021, and the rest of the amount will be included in tax refunds after 2021 filings are made next spring.

To help families through the process of receiving the funds, the IRS has opened up an online portal to make sure non-filers receive their first check on July 15.

“The expanded Child Tax Credit is an important resource for parents in the fight against child poverty,” said Attorney General James. “Children from our poorest communities bear the brunt of the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic that we’re still facing today. I encourage all families who have experienced hardship during this crisis to take advantage of the tax relief.”

The expanded Child Tax credit is an advance on the child care tax credit, temporarily increased in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to help families battered by the COVID-19 economic meltdown.

Some important details to note are:

  • For eligible families, the Child Tax Credit has been increased from $2,000 to $3,000 per child between ages 6 and 17 ($250 monthly per child). The amount has been raised from $2,000 to $3,600 for every child under age 6 ($300 monthly per child);
  • Adjusted gross eligible income levels are $150,000 or less for married couples filing jointly, $112,500 or less for heads of household, and $75,000 or less for single taxpayers;
  • Half of the credit will be paid in monthly installments through December, with the rest paid next spring after 2021 taxes are filed;
  • The first payment will take place on July 15, followed by August 13, then on the 15th of each subsequent month; and
  • Families that sign up for the Child Tax Credit will not see a reduction of other federal low-income benefits they utilize, such as SNAP.

Families are encouraged to visit the White House’s website to learn more about the program.