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Deadline approaches for child tax credit

Monday is the deadline for low-income families with children to register for monthly payments under the expanded federal child tax credit.

The credit adds up to $3,600 annually for children under age 6, and $3,000 for children ages 6-17.

Both totals increased under the federal American Rescue Plan, providing more help to families dealing with economic and other impacts of COVID-19.

The Ready North Network and the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation are working in the Northland to encourage families not to miss the registration deadline for the enhanced benefit.

“The child tax credit expansion can cut child poverty in our region in half, but those who may need it the most could be left out,” said Shaun Floerke, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. “It’s key that we connect eligible households to the resources that can help them receive these funds if we want to improve the lives of children throughout the Northland.”

More than 33,000 Minnesota children may not receive this benefit because their caregivers may not have previously earned enough income to file taxes, according to the Urban Institute.

“Most families have automatically received monthly tax credit payments since this summer, but there are many in our region who need to sign up in order to receive the benefit,” said Jeff Longenecker, executive director of Community Action Duluth. “Signing up can be easy and does not require filing taxes.”

Monday is the deadline to sign up for monthly payments. Those who miss it must sign up to claim their full Child Tax Credit starting in early 2022. Those who have not filed taxes can obtain the Child Tax Credit through a simple online tool at or by contacting one of three
regional tax assistance organizations:

. Community Action Duluth, 218-726-1665

. Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency, 800-662-5711

. Northwest Wisconsin Community Services Agency, 715-392-5127

“We all have a responsibility to support children if we are going to decrease the opportunity gap in our community,” Floerke said. “One way to do that is for each of us to reach out to the families we know with children and point them toward these resources.”

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