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Kuster Statement on Eve of First Child Tax Credit Payments Arriving for NH Families, Outlines Resources for Non-Filers To Enroll

**The new monthly direct payments – which will begin hitting bank accounts on July 15th – will help ensure more than 200,000 children and their families in New Hampshire can succeed and thrive**


Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement ahead of the first enhanced Child Tax Credit payments created by the Kuster-backed American Rescue Plan. The new benefit, enacted to support working families as the nation recovers and rebuilds from the COVID-19 pandemic, will begin on July 15th and continue monthly through the end of 2021.


“The new enhanced Child Tax Credit created by the American Rescue Plan is a historic tax cut for middle-class families. As the Mom of two boys, I know the challenges that working families face from balancing a budget to finding child care and figuring out how to pay for college, Granite State families had a lot on their plate even before the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis. This tax cut will ensure that all families can succeed and thrive.


“I was proud to help get the American Rescue Plan, including the new enhanced Child Tax Credit, over the finish line to ensure families and communities can fully recover and build back better. This unprecedented investment in the health and well-being of our nation’s children and their families will help future generations to grow up to be stronger and more resilient workers who will help keep our economy growing well into the 21st Century. I will continue working in Congress to ensure New Hampshire remains a wonderful place to raise a family and build a life.”


The Child Tax Credit should be directly deposited into bank accounts or arrive as checks in the mail for families who qualify and have already filed their 2020 tax return. This benefit will continue on or around the 15th of each month through the end of 2021. Eligible families can receive a total of up to $3,600 for each child under 6 and up to $3,000 for each child age 6 to 17 for 2021. The remaining sum of the benefit can be claimed when parents file their 2021 tax returns. 


Families who do not normally file taxes will need to file a 2020 tax return to receive the monthly payments. More information and instructions to do so are available via the IRS:


In Congress, Rep. Kuster is a strong advocate for American families and has been a consistent voice in the effort to deliver more assistance to working families during the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis. In January of this year, she introduced the Energy Debt Relief for American Families Act to help families stay connected to the services they need while preventing other ratepayers from ultimately paying off their debt. In February, Kuster introduced the Community Immunity During COVID-19 Act to keep families safe, support local COVID-19 vaccination efforts, and reverse dangerous drops in vaccination rates for other life-saving immunizations for children and adults.