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Federal Child Tax Credit Providing Lifeline for GA Families

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Families with children age 6 and older could get up to $3,000 through the federal Child Tax Credit this year. (Restless Mind Media/Adobe Stock)
Families with children age 6 and older could get up to $3,000 through the federal Child Tax Credit this year. (Restless Mind Media/Adobe Stock)
ATLANTA -- More than 2.2 million Georgia kids are benefiting as their families see extra money from the extended federal Child Tax Credit.

The second round of monthly payments of $250 to $300 per child is expected to hit bank accounts at the end of this week.

Shanda Neal, senior organizer for the Georgia chapter of 9to5, the National Association of Working Women, said families have been using the first payment for the necessities after an uncertain year.

"Since the pandemic has really hit, it has really shifted the landscape of working families and what's accessible to them, and we've seen that women have really been impacted hugely when we think about COVID and the workforce," Neal observed. "So definitely, when you think about rent, when you think about utilities."

She noted some families also have to put more meals on the table in the summer since kids are not receiving meals at school.

A Census Bureau survey from early July found a great need for help among Georgia families with children. Nearly 1.3 million, or about two in five, said they found it "somewhat or very difficult" to pay their regular bills in the last week.

Neal pointed out to receive the tax credit, families need to have filed taxes for 2019 and 2020. Her organization is doing outreach on the payments in several languages and connecting with a variety of organizations, such as faith-based institutions, child care providers and domestic-violence support groups.

"We are definitely trying to spread the word and reach as many people as we can because we've seen how this child tax credit has been such a help to Georgia families," Neal asserted.

Neal added it would help Georgia families greatly if the tax credit were made permanent. President Joe Biden has proposed extending the credit through 2025 in his American Families Plan.