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Treasury, Code for America Seek to Drive Child Tax Credit Enrollment With New Tool; Wally Adeyemo Quoted

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Child Tax Credit Enrollment

The Department of the Treasury has partnered with civic technology nonprofit Code for America to introduce a bilingual sign-up tool to enable eligible U.S. families to enroll and claim their child tax credit (CTC). The Treasury said Friday the new tool is expected to come online in the next few weeks.

The department also announced plans to build a permanent multilingual platform to enable more citizens who do not regularly file taxes to sign up and claim CTC for their children. The Treasury will also work with Congress to provide resources for the initiative.

The Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service said they disbursed the second month of advance CTC payments worth more than $15 billion to families as part of the American Rescue Plan, covering an additional 1.6 million children. 

The U.S. government issued eligible families a monthly payment of up to $300 for each child under age 6 and up to $250 per month for each child age 6 to 17.

“Today 61 million children across America are benefiting from the advance Child Tax Credit, helping families put food on the table and meet the needs of the next generation,” said Wally Adeyemo, deputy secretary of the Treasury. “We want every eligible family to have access to the advance Child Tax Credit, which is why we will continue our outreach efforts to drive enrollment as our children return to school.”

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