Tell Congress: Make the expanded child tax credit permanent.
The petition to Congress reads: "Make the Expanded Child Tax Credit Permanent."
With the swipe of his pen, President Joe Biden drastically improved the lives of some of America's poorest when he signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. The law included a host of measures meant to keep the economy and American families afloat as we navigate towards the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.
One of the most groundbreaking and impactful parts of the American Rescue Plan was the expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC), which will put $3,000-$3,600, per child, in the hands of struggling families and help lift 27 million children out of poverty.
Unfortunately, this groundbreaking policy is set to expire at the end of the year – putting tens of millions of kids back in poverty.
Sign the petition telling Congress that the CTC must be made permanent.
Biden's American Rescue Plan changed the previous tax code to increase the value of the CTC. It also increased the age eligibility, making it available to parents of older children and, crucially important, put money directly into the hands of families when they need it most. Previously, the credit was given as a lump sum at the end of the year. Under the ARP, parents would receive $300 a month for every child under five and $250 for every child under 18.
This is money families can count on, plan with and use to invest in their children's future. But as it currently stands, these families and their 27 million children are on borrowed time. The CTC is slated to end at the end of 2021.
The Child Tax Credit invests in the future of America's "human capital." This is money parents can use to cover childcare, ensure their children don't go hungry, pay for valuable learning tools, and more. These families won't instantly become middle class when the clock strikes 12 on December 31st, 2021. It would be cruel to take this life-changing safety net away from struggling families after just one year.
Tell Congress you support American families and want to make the Child Tax Credit permanent.