Meng Urges Queens Families to File Taxes Before May 17 to Receive Expanded Child Tax Credit Payments

May 13, 2021
Press Release
Payments to be provided each month beginning this summer under the American Rescue Plan that the Congresswoman helped to pass in the House
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) today urged Queens families to file their taxes before the upcoming May 17th deadline to ensure that they receive the full amount of the expanded Child Tax Credit which will be in the form of advance monthly payments throughout the year. 
Under the American Rescue Plan – the most recent COVID-19 relief package that Meng helped to pass in March – families could get monthly payments of up to $300 per child beginning as soon as July. The best way to ensure eligible families receive the correct amount is to file a 2020 tax return since the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) needs information from tax returns to calculate and issue advance monthly payments. Even if families do not have earnings to report or don’t normally file a tax return, it is recommended that they do so by the deadline.

“This expanded Child Tax Credit is a critical component of the American Rescue Plan that will greatly help families and children with important expenses as Queens and the nation recover from the coronavirus pandemic,” said Meng. “We must do everything possible to move our country forward and get our economy back on track, and these advanced monthly payments will put money in the hands of families now. Hardworking families deserve to get the all the funds that they are entitled to receive, and the best way to ensure that this happens is to file a tax return this month before the May 17th deadline.”
Approximately 82% of children in Meng’s sixth congressional district could benefit from this expanded and improved Child Tax Credit — 120,500 children.
About 38,500 households in the district could get an average total benefit of $2,400.
How Much are the Child Tax Credit Advance Monthly Payments?
The American Rescue Plan expanded the Child Tax Credit up to $3,600 per child for children ages 0 to 5 and $3,000 per child for children ages 6 to 17.   
The American Rescue Plan also authorized advance monthly payments of the Child Tax Credit through December 2021. Beginning as soon as July and running through December, qualifying families can get up to:
  • $300 a month per child for children ages 0 to 5.
  • $250 a month per child for children ages 6 to 17.
Families will get their remaining expanded Child Tax Credit when they file their 2021 tax return.
Who Qualifies for the Child Tax Credit Advance Monthly Payments?
  • Families will qualify for a full credit if their income is below $75,000 for single filers, $112,000 for people filing as head of household, or $150,000 for people who are married and filing jointly.
  • To be eligible, children must:
    • Have a Social Security number,
    • Live with you for at least half of the year,
    • Be under age 18 as of December 31, 2021, and
    • Be claimed on your tax return.
  • Children are eligible if they are your children, adopted children, stepchildren, half-siblings, foster children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews, or certain other relatives. The adult filing taxes must have a Social Security Number or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number.