Expect a messy tax season after last year's delays

Jan 17, 2022
Some 6 million returns from last year have yet to be processed. Delays could snowball for seasons to come.
File your taxes early, experts advise. Delays in moving last year's returns through the system could stall processing this year.
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The increased child care tax credit has ended — for now

Jan 17, 2022
The payments typically came through about this time, but not this month. Some families had come to depend on that extra money.
A protestor and child in Brooklyn urge Congress to make the expanded child tax credit permanent in July.
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Families begin the new year without child tax credit payments

Jan 14, 2022
The one-year program increased payments and expanded eligibility to the poorest families. Congress has not moved to extend those changes. 
Child tax credit payments, a temporary part of President Joe Biden's American Rescue Plan, ended in December. Congress has not acted to renew the payments.
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Wednesday's child tax credit payments could be the last

Dec 15, 2021
The expansion of the child tax credit was temporary and will expire at the end of the year unless Congress votes to extend it.
Children draw on a canceled check prop during a rally in Washington urging extension of the expanded child tax credit.
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Pressure mounts to require parents to work to get the child tax credit

Oct 6, 2021
Opponents fear that requirement could make the benefit inaccessible to the families who need it most.
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Some undocumented immigrants aren't getting their child tax credit payments

Sep 29, 2021
The people who most need the aid “have to jump the most hurdles to get it,” says Chabeli Carrazana, economy reporter at the 19th.
The overworked IRS is grappling with the disbursement of child tax credit payments, reporter Chabeli Carrazana says.
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Some low-income families may not be receiving child tax credit money

Sep 17, 2021
By one estimate, some 4 million children and their families may be missing out on the payments.
A student carries home free bagged meals as part of Stamford, Connecticut's COVID response in March 2020. Funds from the child tax credit may not be making it to low-income families, a new study shows.
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How have pandemic relief programs helped people facing financial insecurity?

Sep 14, 2021
Early data from Columbia University’s Center on Poverty and Social Policy show child poverty dropped after the first child tax credit payment in July.
Democrats want to keep pandemic relief programs like the child tax credit going.
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Childhood hunger declines as tax credit payments arrive

Aug 26, 2021
Expanded child tax payments have helped families — especially Black and Latinx households — struggling with food insecurity.
A person collects a box of food at a food distribution bank in Los Angeles in August 2020. Recent Census data shows a decrease in hunger and poverty for households with kids, especially among Black and Latinx households.
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