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Direct payments worth up to $1,200 in these four states before 2022 ends– who is eligible?

The expanded federal child tax credit expired in January and left millions of families struggling.

Luckily, four states will be sending out relief payments to qualifying families.


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Child poverty

In June 2022, the rate of child poverty was 18.8%, compared to 12.1% in December 2021. The end of the expanded child tax credit left many families struggling to make ends meet. To help bridge the gap, states are implementing their own child tax credits. Since 2021, at least nine states have generated their own child tax credits.

Cash will be send out to eligible families before the end of the year in the following states:

1. Hawaii

Hawaii is sending tax rebates this month to offset the rising prices. Taxpayers who made less than $100,000 annually will get $300. Residents that earned more than $100,000 but less than $200,000 a year will be eligible for $100.

Families will also receive an additional rebate for each dependent in the house. Check distribution will begin during the last week of August– which means payments will begun to arrive in September.

2. Rhode Island

Families will receive a check for up to $750 as a child tax rebate. Household can claim up to $250 per child, with a three child maximum, making the cap $750. In order to receive the rebate, Rhode Island taxpayers must have at least one dependent who was 18 or younger as of December 31, 2021.

Residents do not need to take any further action to get the payments. Taxpayers who file by August 31 will start receiving rebates in October. However there is an income limit of $100,000 for single filers and $200,000 for couples who filing jointly.

3. Connecticut

Connecticut approved child tax credits of $250 per child in a household, with a maximum credit of $750. However, the deadline to apply was July 31 and payments are set to start by the end of this month. The income limits to qualify are:

  • Single or married and filing separately: $100,000 or less
  • Head of household: $160,000 or less
  • Married filing jointly: $200,000 or less

The rebate will be reduced by 10% for for every $1,000 a household earned over the thresholds.

4. Florida

Checks worth $450 per dependent will go out to the following groups:

  • Foster parents
  • Relative caregivers
  • Non-relative caregivers
  • Families receiving TANF cash assistance
  • Guardianship assistance program participants

Families do not need to apply. Checks have been mailed directly to eligible residents. All checks should have been received by August 7.


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