Encourage Families to Sign Up By November 15 To Access Thousands of Dollars With The Child Tax Credit

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Child Tax Credit Reminder

To: Superintendents and Principals
From: ODE Communications Team
Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2022
Subject: Encourage Families to Sign Up By November 15 To Access Thousands of Dollars With The Child Tax Credit

Dear School Leaders,

We are writing to let you know about the Child Tax Credit and asking you to please inform your networks about this tax credit opportunity.

Many low-income families and individuals have not claimed Child Tax Credits or the Third Stimulus payment due to them. Families have until November 15, 2022 to claim the credit.

Nearly 90% of children in the U.S. are eligible for the 2021 expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC), which provides up to $3,600 per child. Additional income like the CTC is associated with stronger educational performance, improved health, and reduced stress among kids in families with low incomes. Unfortunately, too many kids are at risk of missing out. You do not have to be tax experts to help! 

While the tax filing deadline has passed, families with no or low incomes can still file without penalty and claim the full CTC (or the remaining half if they received 2021 advance payments).

Families have until mid-November to claim the credit on their own through the simplified filing portal, GetCTC.org/orschools. After that, families can still claim the 2021 CTC, but must file full tax returns. They have until April 15, 2025, to do so.

Things You Can Do Now to Help Families Claim the CTC: 

  • Distribute printed or digital flyers
  • Text or email to families in your state using these sample messages in multiple languages. 
  • Promote the CTC and the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), a new federal benefit that helps families pay for internet service and a computer or tablet. You can find more resources on the ACP here

Outreach materials are available in 11 languages, including flyers, template emails, texts, and robocalls.   

Reduce Barriers to File:

Code For America has created a tool, GetCTC.org, to reduce barriers to people without filing requirements. This tool enables people to claim the Child Tax Credit and third stimulus payment (up to $5,000 per eligible child) - and people can sign up in 15 minutes or less on their mobile devices in English or Spanish. People must file before November 15 to easily get this money this year.

Thank you for sharing this opportunity with your networks.