City extends free tax prep services to help claim child tax credit

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Acting Commissioner Sandra Abeles announced that the City is expanding post-tax season NYC Free Tax Prep services to help New Yorkers who need to file their taxes or use the IRS’ non-filer tool to claim the Advance Child Tax Credit. As an investment in the long-term recovery from the pandemic, the American Rescue Plan made changes to the Child Tax Credit so families get half of the fully refundable credit—worth up to $3,600 per child—as monthly payments in 2021 and the other half as a part of their refund in 2022. Most families will automatically receive the advance payments, but 250,000+ New York City families with more than 400,000 children need to sign up with the IRS to receive the Credit. DCWP and multiple partner agencies and organizations are also working together to raise awareness of the Credit and available resources, and will be conducting targeted outreach in neighborhoods with a high number of non-filers.   

 “The Child Tax Credit is a radical investment in working families. This money could help you pay for food, clothing, rent, a mortgage, save for the future and more,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “But if you haven’t received your payments yet, you need to act. We can help you get the money you deserve into your hands. Visit today.”  

 “Whether you had a new baby, a change in income, don’t make enough to need to file taxes, are a recipient of SSDI, don’t have a Social Security Number but your children do—whatever the reason, the City is here to help you claim this Credit,” said DCWP Acting Commissioner Sandra Abeles. “Don’t leave the Advance Child Tax Credit sitting unclaimed—it’s yours to help with your expenses. We can answer your questions and help you file, open a bank account, and budget the new money so please visit or call 311 today if you didn’t receive your credit yet.”  

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