RP push child tax credit
Lawmakers pushing for a permanent extension of extended credit vowed at an online press conference earlier this week to continue to pressure the IRS and get the word out to those who need it.
“We are worried – we want people to know that,said U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro, a Connecticut Democrat who chairs the House Appropriations Committee.
“We always continue to try to make the portal as user-friendly as possible so that people can, in fact, be able to access it.”
US Representative Lloyd Doggett, a Democrat from Texas, expressed concern about the website and said families still in financial shock from the pandemic could find themselves left out in the short term.
People who filed a tax return in 2020 or 2019 are expected to automatically receive the payments, as are non-filers who claimed the direct stimulus payments included in previous rounds of coronavirus relief, according to the IRS.
But about 40% of low-income Americans don’t have broadband services at home, and the same percentage don’t own a desktop or laptop computer. according to the Pew Research Center.
This makes it difficult even for families who file taxes regularly to verify their status, according to advocacy groups.
The IRS notes that, under certain circumstances, people can simply claim the full amount of the child credit they are owed when they file their 2021 taxes next year.