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  • PROPERTY TAXES
  • UPPER INCOME TAX RATES
  • CHILD TAX CREDIT
Winning Issue » CHILD TAX CREDIT


Poverty is defined as not having enough material possessions or income to cover a person’s basic personal needs, often to the degree where one lacks food, clothing and shelter. Our child poverty rate of 16% is nearly one-and-a-half times higher than that for adults ages 18-64 (11%) and nearly twice as high than that for adults 65 and older (10%). In 2020, nearly 30% of Black and American Indian/Alaska Native children and 24% of Hispanic children were poor compared with 9% of white children. These children are more likely to have poor academic achievement, drop out of high school and later become unemployed, experience economic hardship and be involved in the criminal justice system. Children who experience poverty are also more likely to be poor at age 30 than children who were never poor. Lost productivity, worsened health and increased crime stemming from child poverty cost the nation about $700 billion dollars a year, or about 3.5% of GDP.

Child tax credits reduce a taxpayer's liability on a dollar-for-dollar basis and are intended to provide an extra measure of tax relief for taxpayers with qualifying dependents. This credit, currently $2,000, is given to impoverished American taxpayers for each dependent child who is under the age of 17. If the credit exceeds taxes owed, families may receive up to $1,400 per child as a refund. Other dependents — including children ages 17–18 and full-time college students ages 19–24 — can receive a nonrefundable credit of up to $500 each. Similar allowances exist in almost every country in the European Union, as well as in Canada and Australia.

It is estimated that a modest increase in this tax credit could reduce childhood poverty to 9.5% and reduce deep poverty — the share of kids living on half the poverty line or less — could be cut nearly in half, to 2.4%. This is exactly what the passage of the COVID-19 stimulus bill, the American Rescue Plan, accomplished. However, the $3,600 tax credit it provided will expire in a year unless made permanent through additional legislation.

Pending Legislation: H.R.928 – American Family Act of 2021
Sponsor: Rep. Rosa DeLauro (CT)
Status: House Committee on Ways and Means
Chair: Rep. Richard Neal (MA)



Options


  • I oppose reforming current child tax credit policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA).
  • I support modifying the child tax credit to:

    1.) Making the credit fully refundable.

    2.) Increase the amount of the credit and allow an additional credit for children who are under six years of age.

    3.) Requiring the amount of the credit to be adjusted annually for inflation.

    4.) Require the Department of the Treasury to establish a program for making advance payments of the credit on a monthly basis.

    And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Richard Neal (MA) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.


Winning Option
  • I support modifying the child tax credit to:

    1.) Making the credit fully refundable.

    2.) Increase the amount of the credit and allow an additional credit for children who are under six years of age.

    3.) Requiring the amount of the credit to be adjusted annually for inflation.

    4.) Require the Department of the Treasury to establish a program for making advance payments of the credit on a monthly basis.

    And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Richard Neal (MA) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.
There has been $0.00 pledged in support of this issue
Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Rep. Richard Neal (MA) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider passing H.R.928 – American Family Act of 2021.

If elected as a trustee, Annie E. Casey Foundation will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to advocate for increasing the child tax credit for impoverished American taxpayers.

About: The Annie E. Casey Foundation is devoted to developing a brighter future for millions of children at risk of poor educational, economic, social and health outcomes. Our work focuses on strengthening families, building stronger communities and ensuring access to opportunity, because children need all three to succeed. We advance research and solutions to overcome the barriers to success, help communities demonstrate what works and influence decision makers to invest in strategies based on solid evidence. As a private philanthropy based in Baltimore and working across the country, we make grants that help federal agencies, states, counties, cities and neighborhoods create more innovative, cost-effective responses to the issues that negatively affect children: poverty, unnecessary disconnection from family and communities with limited access to opportunity.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
November 22, 2021
Trustee Election - Closing Date
November 29, 2021