Pingree Urges Maine Families to File Taxes Before May 17 & Get Advance Child Tax Credits ASAP
As a Part of the American Rescue Plan, 36,100 Households in 1st District Could Get Up to $300 Per Child Every Month
Washington, May 10, 2021
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) is urging families in Maine’s 1st Congressional District to file their taxes before the upcoming May 17th deadline to ensure they receive the accurate amount in new advance monthly Child Tax Credit payments they are entitled to as soon as possible.
As a part of the American Rescue Plan, which she helped pass, Pingree said families could get monthly payments of up to $300 per child beginning as soon as July. Pingree said the best way to ensure eligible families receive their payment is to quickly file their 2020 tax return (even if they don’t have earnings or don’t normally file) because the IRS needs tax return information to calculate and issue advance monthly payments.
“The American Rescue Plan is one of the most important pieces of legislation I’ve ever voted for, and in no small part due to the historic expansion of the Child Tax Credit. The numbers are staggering—83.7% of children in my district are projected to gain from the expansion of the Child Tax Credit, which would lift 5,100 children out of poverty,” said Pingree. “Every family deserves the chance to build a better life for their children, and the advance monthly payments of the Child Tax Credit help set our kids up for success. The life-changing opportunities made possible by the Child Tax Credit are possible if you file your tax return before May 17th, even if you don’t normally file.”
An overwhelming number of Maine families can benefit from the Child Tax Credit:
More information about the Child Tax Credit, passed as a part of the American Rescue Plan:
Eligible families can file their taxes for free online through the IRS Free File program: https://apps.irs.gov/app/freeFile/.