White House pushing for parents to files taxes so they can get full child tax credit

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Posted at 4:21 AM, Feb 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-08 11:27:06-05

The Biden administration is kicking off an outreach campaign to get millions of families to file their taxes so they can receive the second half of payments from the expanded child tax credit.

Vice President Kamala Harris, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and White House senior adviser Gene Sperling hosted a virtual event Tuesday to encourage people to send their tax forms to the IRS.

Administration officials estimate $193 billion would go to 58 million eligible households that file taxes. That means families would receive credits on their taxes or refunds, averaging $3,330 from this provision.

The expanded child tax credit was passed as part of the last round of COVID-19 stimulus that was signed into law by President Joe Biden in spring 2021. The provision provided most U.S. families with $3,600 annually for each child 5 or younger and $3,000 for children aged 6 to 17.

The tax breaks started going out to families as monthly payments last July. Families will get their payments from January 2020 to June 2020 as part of a lump sum on their 2021 tax returns.

Parents who had a baby, adopted a child or became legal guardians in 2021 are eligible for a $5,000 tax refund when filing with the IRS this year.

Biden hoped to extend the child tax credit program in 2022 as part of his "Build Back Better" social spending program. However, that legislation has stalled in the Senate.

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The filing deadline to submit 2021 tax returns or an extension to file and pay tax owed is Monday, April 18, 2022, for most taxpayers. By law, Washington, D.C., holidays impact tax deadlines for everyone in the same way federal holidays do. The due date is April 18, instead of April 15, because of the Emancipation Day holiday in the District of Columbia for everyone except taxpayers who live in Maine or Massachusetts. Taxpayers in Maine or Massachusetts have until April 19, 2022, to file their returns due to the Patriots' Day holiday in those states. Taxpayers requesting an extension will have until Monday, October 17, 2022, to file.