How families can cope after child tax credit expired

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN)- In its first month alone, the American Recovery Act’s Child Tax Credit Expansion kept 3 million kids out of poverty. This expired in December.

Tim Kulhanek, financial professional at Stonebridge Insurance & Wealth Management is sharing what the expansion did and what you can do now that it has ended.

How did the child tax credit change for families?

  •  This one-year provision expanded the tax credit from $2,000 to the range of $3,000 to $3,600, depending on the child’s age, for each child in low to middle income households
  •  The expansion also converted the credit from something you get with your income tax refund to a monthly series of payments you get throughout the year  – so you don’t have to wait as long to use that money
  •  These payments were reduced for higher-income households, starting with single filers making more than $75,000 and joint returns of more than $150,000
  •  The tax credit will go back to $2,000 for 2022

What happens if congress doesn’t save the credit?

  •  Lower income families could really feel a financial pinch; in some cases they are going to lose $1,600
  •  The credit will also revert back to yearly refunds rather than monthly payments, so they won’t just lose the extra money, but they will have to wait a year to see any credit at all

What can those families do next year if this expansion does expire?

  •  This expiration means some families will have to evaluate their expenses; but you can minimize the effects if you make a budget and stick to it
  •  It’s a fairly good time to be looking for work right now, so you might want to ask for a raise or look for a higher paying job
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