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Tax Relief: Child Tax Credit Expansion Would Mean More Money For Families

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A Potential Boost for Taxpayers

Taxpayers across the U.S. are on the edge of their seats as President Biden’s proposed child tax credit expansion, part of the Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act, makes its way through Congress. Passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in the House, the bill promises to increase the child tax credit from $2,000 partly refundable to $2,000 fully refundable over the next few years. This could mean more money back in the pockets of families during tax season.

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Roadblock in the Senate

Despite sailing through the House, the bill hit a standstill in the Senate, leaving its future uncertain with tax filing season well underway. The proposed legislation aims not only to increase the refundable portion of the child tax credit but also to reintroduce business deductions removed during the Trump era.

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Some Senate Republicans view the refundable aspect of the credit as akin to welfare, especially criticizing the “look-back provision” that allows for larger credits based on previous year’s earnings. This contention, alongside concerns about the bill’s funding sources, has contributed to the impasse.

Prospects of Passage

However, hope remains for the bill’s passage, with several senators expressing optimism and the belief that a compromise can be reached. The bill’s fate is considered slightly better than a toss-up by some political analysts, despite the challenges posed by the legislative calendar and election year politics.

Filing Taxes Now or Waiting?

With the bill’s outcome still up in the air, tax experts advise taxpayers not to delay filing their returns in anticipation of the credit’s expansion. The IRS has mechanisms in place to retroactively adjust refunds if the bill passes, ensuring that taxpayers won’t miss out on potential benefits.

As the debate continues, many Americans are closely watching to see if this significant change to the child tax credit will become a reality, offering financial relief to families nationwide.



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