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It's not too late to get child tax credit payments

Children must have a Social Security number to qualify. The last opportunity to sign up is November 15.

MAINE, Maine — Parents typically receive monthly child tax credits from the Internal Revenue Service in the middle of the month.

But advocates in Maine say many local families who qualify for the benefit have not applied.

It’s extra dollars that provide additional support to families with children during this challenging COVID-19 year.

Eligible families can expect to get $300 for each child under the age of seven, and $250 for each child between the ages of seven and 17.

The program was expanded to include more people -- in particular those whose income is low enough that they don't file taxes, according to Janet Smith, asset manager for New Ventures Maine. 

"Virtually all Maine families qualify for the credit, but households that don't typically file taxes may not know this extra income is for them," said Jennifer DeJoy of New Ventures Maine.

To qualify the child has to have a Social Security number.

If you have any eligibility questions, personalized help is available through these local organizations:

  • Capital Area CA$H: 207-621-34430
  • Wabanaki CA$H: 207-866-6546
  • Western Maine CA$H: 207-778-7954
  • Non-English speakers can call ProsperityME: 207-797-7890

“Our CA$H Navigators are ready to help anyone in the state of Maine to get the Child Tax Credit,” said Smith. “We want the credit to make as much of a positive impact on families and children as possible, especially when big purchases such as home heating fuel and snow tires are coming up."