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Eligible county residents have until November 15 to claim stimulus payments and other expanded 2021 tax credits

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    Eligible county residents have until November 15 to claim stimulus payments and other expanded 2021 tax credits

    On October 13, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) began sending letters to more than 9 million potentially eligible individuals and families who have yet to claim key tax benefits made available during the COVID-19 pandemic. The letters direct recipients to determine their eligibility and take steps to claim the 2021 Recovery Rebate Credit (stimulus payment), expanded 2021 Child Tax Credit (CTC) and/or expanded 2021 Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) by visiting www.childtaxcredit.gov/file before November 15, 2022. As trusted community messengers, county leaders can take steps to ensure the IRS outreach is successful so that eligible residents access these income supports as soon as possible.

    Throughout 2021 and 2022, counties invested in numerous efforts to boost enrollment in the third stimulus payments and temporarily expanded Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit authorized under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Though these efforts were largely successful – contributing to historic reductions in child poverty – the IRS estimates that 9 million individuals and families may still be missing out on these benefits. Though individuals will have until 2025 to retroactively file a full tax return to claim the funds, in order to access these resources this calendar year, individuals must use the simplified tool for non-filers or file a full tax return using the IRS free file system before the deadline of November 15, 2022.

    To reinforce the message of the IRS letters and help residents quickly claim these benefits, county government agencies and officials can continue to help conduct outreach about this opportunity. It is especially important to let families know they may be receiving letters in the mail, confirm the validity of these communications and encourage recipients to act before November 15 to claim the funds this year.

    Outreach resources include:

    • IRS Letter Explainer Video 
    • Ready-to-use and customizable flyers in 11 languages
    • Text/email/robocall templates in 11 languages
    • Ready-to-use and customizable flyers for new parents in 11 languages

    Counties recognize that regular cash assistance is one of the most powerful anti-poverty tools for households with children. NACo supports permanent changes to expand the size and eligibility of the CTC among other tax benefits aimed at reducing child poverty and providing financial relief to vulnerable residents experiencing economic instability.

    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

    • NACo Blog: New Census data confirms that expanded Child Tax Credit cut child poverty by nearly half in 2021
    • NACo Blog: Biden administration relaunches simplified portal for low-income families to claim the expanded Child Tax Credit
    • NACo Blog: Expanded Child Tax Credit helps reduce child poverty
    • NACo Toolkit: Tracking COVID-19 Relief for Human Services and Education Programs
    On October 13, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) began sending letters to more than 9 million potentially eligible individuals and families who have yet to
    2022-10-25
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    2022-10-25
According to the IRS, 9 million individuals and families may still be eligible to claim expanded 2021 tax credits and COVID-era stimulus payment County leaders can perform outreach and education to ensure vulnerable residents claim COVID-era income supports before the simplified portal closes on November 15, 2022

On October 13, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) began sending letters to more than 9 million potentially eligible individuals and families who have yet to claim key tax benefits made available during the COVID-19 pandemic. The letters direct recipients to determine their eligibility and take steps to claim the 2021 Recovery Rebate Credit (stimulus payment), expanded 2021 Child Tax Credit (CTC) and/or expanded 2021 Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) by visiting www.childtaxcredit.gov/file before November 15, 2022. As trusted community messengers, county leaders can take steps to ensure the IRS outreach is successful so that eligible residents access these income supports as soon as possible.

Throughout 2021 and 2022, counties invested in numerous efforts to boost enrollment in the third stimulus payments and temporarily expanded Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit authorized under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Though these efforts were largely successful – contributing to historic reductions in child poverty – the IRS estimates that 9 million individuals and families may still be missing out on these benefits. Though individuals will have until 2025 to retroactively file a full tax return to claim the funds, in order to access these resources this calendar year, individuals must use the simplified tool for non-filers or file a full tax return using the IRS free file system before the deadline of November 15, 2022.

To reinforce the message of the IRS letters and help residents quickly claim these benefits, county government agencies and officials can continue to help conduct outreach about this opportunity. It is especially important to let families know they may be receiving letters in the mail, confirm the validity of these communications and encourage recipients to act before November 15 to claim the funds this year.

Outreach resources include:

Counties recognize that regular cash assistance is one of the most powerful anti-poverty tools for households with children. NACo supports permanent changes to expand the size and eligibility of the CTC among other tax benefits aimed at reducing child poverty and providing financial relief to vulnerable residents experiencing economic instability.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

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