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Empire State Child Tax Credit could be expanded to include children of all ages

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New York State is currently reviewing its proposed budgets, and among the proposals being debated is the expansion of the Empire State Child Credit to include parents with children of all ages.

At present, only families with children aged between four and 17 are eligible for the Empire State Child Credit, which is a one-time payment granted to eligible families when they file their taxes. However, Senator Jeremy Cooney and other lawmakers want to extend eligibility to households with children under the age of four.


Families would receive these new benefits after they file their taxes each year. The payment amounts range from 25-100% of the credit received when filing taxes, based on annual income. However, the credit only applies to households with children between four and 17 as of Dec. 31st of the tax year.

To be eligible for the Empire State Child Credit, you must be a New York State resident or married to one for a full year.

The final budget proposal, including this measure, is expected to be due on April 1st, 2023, and will need to be agreed upon by both chambers before being sent to Governor Kathy Hochul for approval.