Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today highlighted how new economic relief is available for mid-Michigan families with children.
Starting in July, as a part of the American Rescue Plan, Michigan families with children will be eligible to receive $3,600 per child under the age of six, or $3,000 per child under the age of 18. This money will come because of the expansion of the Child Tax Credit (CTC). While the CTC is a tax credit typically claimed when an individual files taxes, the American Rescue Plan makes this relief available as immediate, monthly payments to families starting in July.
The expansion of the CTC will benefit over two million Michigan children and help deliver an additional $2.4 billion in economic relief to Michigan families. Because of the American Rescue Plan, this new relief will cut child poverty in half in America.
"I am pleased to support this new economic relief for Michiganders in the American Rescue Plan. Families and children need our continued support to get through this pandemic," Congressman Kildee. "By expanding the Child Tax Credit and making it immediately available to families, we get more money in the pockets of families in communities like Flint, Saginaw, Bay City and Oscoda right away. As a member of the Ways and Means Committee who helped champion this Child Tax Credit expansion, I know that it will bring much needed relief and help cut child poverty in half."
Additionally, the American Rescue Plan expands the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for low-income workers without children by nearly tripling the size of the credit. The American Rescue Plan also expands the number of workers eligible by increasing income limits and allowing childless full-time workers between ages 19-24 and 65 and older to claim the credit. This expansion of the EITC is estimated to benefit 600,000 Michigan workers.
As a member of the Ways and Means Committee, Kildee led efforts to expand the CTC and EITC. He also previously introduced legislation, the Working Families Tax Relief Act, to permanently expand both tax credits for working families.