May 10, 2021

Watson Coleman Urges Families to File Taxes Before May 17 to Get Their Advance Child Tax Credit Payments As Soon As Possible

36,200 Households in 12th District Could Get Up to $300 Per Child Every Month Beginning this Summer as Part of American Rescue Plan Watson Coleman Helped Pass, But Families Should File Taxes before May 17th to Get Their Payments as Soon as Possible

Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) is urging hardworking families in the 12th district to file their taxes before the upcoming May 17thdeadline to ensure they receive the accurate amount in new advance monthly Child TaxCredit payments they are entitled to as soon as possible.  

As part of the American Rescue Plan Watson Coleman helped pass, families could get monthly payments of up to $300 per child beginning as soon as July. The best way to ensure eligible families receive their payments is to file a 2020 tax return – even if they don’t have earnings to report or don’t normally file – because the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) needs information from tax returns in order to calculate and issue advance monthly payments.

  • Families can get free help preparing and filing their taxes at the United Way of Greater Mercer County and the United Way of Central Jersey. Families can also call 211 to find a location near them.
  • 112,000 children in the district could benefit from the advance monthly payments. That’s 2/3rds of all children in the 12th district.
  • 36,200 households in the district could get an average total benefit of $2500. 

“Advance monthly payments of the Child Tax Credit will help set America’s children up for success and put more money in the pockets of hardworking parents sooner. This money can help pay for childcare or put gas in the car so they can go to work and help fuel our economy while building better lives for their families,” said Watson Coleman. “The best way to make sure you and your family get the correct amount as soon as possible is to file a 2020 tax return, before May 17th – even if you don’t normally file.” 

How Much are the Child Tax Credit Advance Monthly Payments?

The American Rescue Plan expanded the Child Tax Credit to up to $3,600 per child for children ages 0 to 5 and $3,000 per child for children ages 6 to 17.  


The American Rescue Plan also authorized advance monthly payments of the Child TaxCredit through December 2021. Beginning as soon as July and running through December, qualifying families can get up to: 

  • $300 a month per child for children ages 0 to 5. 
  • $250 a month per child for children ages 6 to 17. 


Families will get their remaining expanded Child Tax Credit when they file their 2021 taxreturn. 


Who Qualifies for the Child Tax Credit Advance Monthly Payments?

  • Families will qualify for a full credit if their income is below $75,000 for single filers, $112,000 for people filing as head of household, or $150,000 for people who are married and filing jointly.

  • To be eligible, children must:
    • Have a Social Security number,
    • Live with you for at least half of the year, 
    • Be under age 18 as of December 31, 2021, and 
    • Be claimed on your tax return. 

  • Children are eligible if they are your children, adopted children, stepchildren, half-siblings, foster children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews, or certain other relatives. The adult filing taxes must have a Social Security Number or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number.


How Can Families Get Help Preparing and Filing their Taxes for Free?

Free tax preparation services are generally available until the tax filing deadline. Families should file their taxes before the May 17th deadline even if they do not have earnings to report or do not normally file, because the IRS needs information from tax returns in order to calculate and issue advance monthly payments.