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Direct payments: 13 states are offering up to $1,000 to parents

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  • Abbi Aruck 

Thousands of low-income families across the US qualify for payments up to $1,000.

There are 13 states that are now offering payments for parents.

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How is this being funded?

Many states are offering aid to parents since the federal child tax credits (CTC) from the American Rescue Act for the 2021 tax year have expired. These payments have been found very beneficial for struggling families. The maximum CTC you could receive was $3,600 for children under the age of six and and $3,000 for children ages 6-17. The money was paid out in monthly installments between July and December last year. If you haven’t filed your 2021 taxes yet, families can still claim the remaining 6 months.

1. California

Low-income workers in California may qualify for the California earned income tax credit (CalEITC). Families can get up to $1,000 if they have an income of $25,000 or less, but families with incomes up to $30,000 can receive a reduced credit.

2. Colorado

The Child Tax Credit in Colorado mirrors the support of the federal program. The amount of money you can receive depends on your income and filing status. The fully refundable tax credit will be available for residents to claim on their 2022 income tax return in January 2023 when filing starts.

The credit will be available for individuals with an income of $75,000 or less or joint filers making less than $85,000.

3. Connecticut

Connecticut residents can claim a tax rebate of up to $250 per child for a maximum of three children. That means the maximum payment is $750. However, you’ll need to act fast– the deadline to claim it is July 31.

4. Florida

Nearly 60,000 families in Florida will get a one-time bonus check. The payment is worth $450 and is going to foster and adoptive families in the state. These payments are part of an initiative called Hope Florida – A Pathway to Prosperity.

5. Idaho

Families in Idaho can get $205 in tax credit per child. The payment is nonrefundable, meaning it’ll simply reduce the amount of tax you owe.

6. Illinois

Illinois is granting parents with kids 17 or younger $100 per child. The full credit is available to taxpayers with income below $40,000 or $60,000 for joint filers. However, there is a reduced benefit available for those just over the limit.

7. Maine

Maine has a dependent exemption credit. This will allow families up to $300 per qualifying child. The eligibility requirements are the same as the federal tax credit. Maine residents, nonresidents, and part-time residents can get the credits.

8. Maryland

Maryland residents can get $500 per child in state child tax credits, if they have an adjusted gross income (AGI) of less than $6,000. There is no limit on how many children can be claimed.

9. New Jersey

New Jersey has introduced their own child tax credit. A new law allows households can claim if they make $80,000 or less. How much you receive is based on income:

  • Families making more than $30,000 and less than $40,000: $400
  • Families making over $40,000 and under $50,000: $300
  • Families making $50,000 and less than $60,000: $300

The new policy will go into effect on January 1, 2023, however, eligible families would have to wait until 2024 to apply.

10. New York

New York is offering the Empire child tax credit. This support will be for families with children over the age of four, but under 17. You may qualify for the credit if:

  • You are a full-year New York State resident or married to a full-year resident
  • Have a qualifying child
  • You have a federal child tax credit, additional child tax credit or credit for other dependents or your New York recomputed federal AGI is up to $110,000 (married filing jointly), up to $75,000 (single or head of household), or up to $55,000 (married filing separately)

The amount of the Empire child tax credit is 33% of the federal child tax credit, or $100 multiplied by the number of qualifying children.

11. New Mexico

Families in New Mexico can get $175 per child. The credit is refundable and is estimated to save a total of $74million a year.

12. Oklahoma

Oklahoma is offering 5% of the federal CTC under the state’s child tax credit program. The credit is nonrefundable.

13. Vermont

Vermont families will see $1,000 payments for every child five and under in households making $125,000 or less. In order to claim the credit, their federal AGI cant exceed $100,000 for joint filers.

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