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Together, we can help families you serve get their full Child Tax Credit payments

The American Rescue Plan Act, passed by Congress as a response to the COVID pandemic, expanded the 2021 Child Tax Credit (CTC) to almost 90% of children in the U.S. This expansion is expected to reduce the number of children experiencing poverty by about 40% nationwide. Many studies have shown that additional income, like the expanded CTC, is associated with better outcomes for kids in families with low incomes, including stronger educational performance, improved health, and reduced stress.

But these positive outcomes will only occur if families with the lowest incomes claim the credit. In Arizona alone, there are approximately 62,000 children at risk of missing out on the expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC), through which families can get up to $3,600 per child if they file tax returns this year. These families include those who did not file taxes due to being below the threshold or for other reasons, those who face other barriers to filing, and those who didn’t get the full credit amount. Together, we can help families get their full payments.

On Wednesday, March 2nd from 10-11 am please join Children's Action Alliance, the Arizona Center for Economic Progress, Common Sense- Arizona, the Coalition on Human Needs, and Partnership for America's Children for a CTC training for Arizona service providers and other organizations. The training will include an overview of the CTC, how organizations can help families claim it, info on VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) sites in Arizona , and a preview of available multilingual resources for outreach. The training and available resource toolkit are designed to make it easy for organizations, schools, and other trusted community groups to integrate CTC outreach into existing programs and communications.

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