DeLauro promotes child tax credit plan in Milford

MILFORD — U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3, is hoping to throw a lifeline to the middle and working class, and slash child poverty too.

DeLauro was in Milford Monday to highlight the benefits of the Advance Child Tax Credit that she said would benefit more than 100,000 children in the Third District alone.

“The child tax credit is a lifeline to the middle class and will cut child poverty by 55 percent this year,” said DeLauro. “It provides children and their family with additional payments throughout the year that help them with the cost of food, childcare, diapers, healthcare, clothing, taxes. Poor working and middle-class families will receive the same monthly payments. That’s 90 percent of our kids. These families will feel more secure and better able to deal with the burdens of expenses that they face weekly and monthly.”

Under the American Rescue Plan, parents can receive $3,600 for each child under six years old, and $3,000 for each child under 18-years-old before Dec. 31, 2021. The federal government cash payments will start in July, subject to income and residency requirements.

In the Third District, DeLauro said 110,000 children will benefit from the child tax credit checks. It will also lift 8,400 children out of poverty in the district, 3,700 of those children are currently in deep poverty, she said.

David Morgan, president and CEO of TEAM Inc., said the tax credit was important to the more than 1,600 Milford families that he works with.

“This morning is all about highlighting the Advance Child Tax Credit,” Morgan said.

TEAM Inc., a local nonprofit agency that serves 12 communities, is a partner with Milford in various social programs. The group operates a Headstart program, regional diaper bank, housing and heating assistance programs, and income tax programs, among other services.

According to the IRS, the Advance Child Tax Credit will allow families to receive half of their child tax credit in advance in the form of monthly payments. The other half will be issued when the family files their 2021 income tax return. The change is only for 2021, at least for now, DeLauro said.

Calling the Advance Child Tax Credit a first step, she said her goal is to make it permanent.

“We have an opportunity not just to throw money at a problem, but to build that architecture for the future,” DeLauro said. “(We can) use this money to lift up all children and their families, so every person, no matter their background, has the opportunity to contribute and succeed.”

DeLauro said the IRS has set up an online portal for families who have not signed up for the child tax credit, childtaxcredit.gov.

“Families who want to claim other tax benefits such as the earned income tax credit, for low to moderate-income tax families, should not use childtaxcredit.gov, but should instead file a regular tax return,” said DeLauro. “For them, the fastest and easiest way to file a return is the free file system available only at IRS.gov.”

To help families receive the child tax credit, TEAM Inc. plans to host an event for parents with dependents age 17-and-under to claim the advanced child tax credit payments. The event will be held at 30 Elizabeth Street in Derby with sessions on Friday and Saturday, June 25 and June 26, and July 9 and July 10.

Those attending the event should bring a valid photo ID, Social Security cards for parents and children, birth certificates for dependents, income tax documents and direct deposit information like routing and account number.