Connecticut parents can apply for the state child tax refund until July 31. Anti-poverty advocates say the money will serve as additional relief for families struggling with the pandemic and inflation.
State residents with children 18 or younger can apply for the tax refund, which was created as part of the fiscal year 2023 budget. Families within a certain income threshold can receive up to $250 per child for three children, a maximum of $750.
Deb Polun, executive director of the Connecticut Association for Community Action, said everything is more expensive right now and stressed the importance of putting money back in the pockets of low-income people.
“Even though we raised the minimum wage here in Connecticut, it’s still not enough to help people meet their daily needs,” Polun observed. “It will really help people to clothe themselves, feed themselves and house their families.”
Checks will be sent directly to people’s homes, probably around the end of August until mid-September. Residents can apply online and will need to share their current address, social security number and adjusted gross income, as shown on their 2021 tax form.
The Child Tax Refund, a one-time program for 2022, builds on the success of the Federal Child Advance Tax Credit, which provided monthly payments of up to $300 per child to families last year.
Elizabeth Fraser, policy director for the Connecticut Association for Human Services, said she hopes to see Connecticut make the tax refund permanent.
“Raising kids in Connecticut is expensive,” Fraser argued. “It’s very encouraging that the legislature and our governor realize this and are really working to alleviate, in some way, the cost of raising a family in Connecticut.”
Research estimates that the Advanced Child Tax Credit reduced poverty by almost 30%.
Connecticut residents who need help applying for reimbursement can find a list of organizations offering statewide assistance on the 211 website.
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