Queens Borough President Donovan Richards will host a virtual information session aimed at encouraging Queens residents who are not receiving the federal Advance Child Tax Credit to sign up for these payments, which can help families pay for groceries, doctor visits, school supplies, and other essentials.
Authorized by the American Rescue Plan (the comprehensive COVID-19 relief legislation that Congress passed and President Biden signed this past March), the Advance Child Tax Credit provides families with children with early payments that represent up to half of what each family may claim as a child tax credit on their 2021 tax return. These early payments amount to $300 per month for each child under six-years-old and $250 per month for each child between the ages of six and seventeen.
Anyone who filed a recent tax return and is eligible for the Advance Child Tax Credit automatically began receiving monthly Advance Child Tax Credit payments this past July 15th, unless they chose to opt out. Unfortunately, many low-income individuals who were not required to file tax returns are not receiving these payments, even though they are entitled to them.
To rectify this problem, Borough President Richards will host a virtual information session on the Advance Child Tax Credit on Monday, September 20 at 6 PM. The session will include a presentation from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which will explain the benefits of the Advance Child Tax Credit and show people how to sign up for it using the online “Child Tax Credit Non-filer Sign-up Tool,” a simple, easy-to-use online form. The tool can be found on the IRS website at https://www.irs.gov/credits-deductions/child-tax-credit-non-filer-sign-up-tool
The IRS will also answer questions about the Advance Child Tax Credit and related issues.
The September 20 virtual information session will be livestreamed starting at 6 PM at www.queensbp.org. Those interested in participating in the fair’s live interactive Q&A must RSVP by Sunday, September 19, at www.queensbp.org/rsvp. Instructions on how to participate in the Q&A will be emailed on the day of the event to those who register.