White House encourages public to file taxes to access child tax credit

The White House and Democrats are encouraging citizens to start filing their taxes early to take advantage of the party’s expansion of the Child Tax Credit, as well as the Earned Income Tax Credit for childless workers.

Biden administration officials held a Day of Action event on Tuesday to raise awareness of the two credits, while encouraging the millions of people eligible for access to file their taxes.

“Our message today is simple. If you qualify for the Child Tax Credit and the Earned Income Tax Credit, we want you to get those credits. And do you know why ? Working families deserve a break,” Vice President Harris said during the virtual event.

Democrats have expanded both appropriations as part of a sweeping coronavirus relief package President BidenJoe BidenFox News host Brian Kilmeade hits out at Trump over Arizona election: ‘It’s a plain and simple lie’ promulgated in early 2021.

As part of the expansion, Democrats removed work requirements for the child tax credit and increased the maximum amount families could receive. The temporary expansion also allowed eligible families to access half the credit through monthly payments.

“And the U.S. bailout also nearly tripled the maximum earned income tax credit and made it available to workers aged 19 to 24, as well as workers 65 and older. are already making a difference,” Harris said, before touting the effects of the child tax credit expansion.

“Through the Child Tax Credit, we are on track to reduce child poverty in the United States by 40 percent. It bears repeating.”

Proponents have credited changes to the child tax credit as part of the expansion as significant contributors to reducing child poverty.

Many Democrats hoped to make the expansion permanent, considering a potential extension of Biden’s Build Back Better plan.

The party leadership originally planned to pass the roughly $2 trillion bill in December, just in time to renew the expansion to ensure monthly Child Tax Credit payments would continue. in January. But those efforts stalled after Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinHouse Ethics Committee Takes No Action Against Bowman Over Suffrage Protest Senators From Both Parties Discuss Small Rule Changes For The Future (DW.Va.) said he opposed the larger plan.

Democrats intended to use a process known as budget reconciliation to pass the bill, which would allow them to approve the package in the Senate 50-50 by a simple majority. But to push the plan through, Democrats need all of their party’s senators to back it, giving Manchin more leverage to pass the bill, which Republicans overwhelmingly oppose.

However, Manchin has signaled some openness to backing elements of the social spending and climate package in recent weeks, despite his opposition to an earlier version of the legislation.

On Sunday, Manchin suggested in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” that parts of the bill could pass in the future, though he said he believed leaders on both sides of the aisle should have a chance to weigh in on the legislation.

“These are major changes. It’s going to change society as we know it… And those changes, there should be a hearing. There should be markup. And then you’ll have a better product, whether your friends across the way vote for it or not. But they have to have their say,” he said.