sharing information from Maine Equal Justice ~
As many as 25,000 Mainers who don’t usually make enough money to file taxes may be missing out on their payments for the expanded Child Tax Credit.
Here are the most important things to know:
- Families, including those with little or no income, are eligible to receive up to $3,600 for each child under 6 years old, and $3,000 for each child between 6 and 17 years old.
- Some families will not receive these payments automatically, and need to act now to receive the Child Tax Credit payment this year.
- The credit is not a loan and will not count against federally-funded public benefits, like TANF, SNAP, or MaineCare. It will count against state or town funded programs like General Assistance.
- Immigrant families are eligible for the Child Tax Credit, as long as the child has a Social Security number (parents do not need to have a Social Security Number).
Families can get free, personal help filing for the child tax credit from a CA$H Navigator by calling any of the numbers below:
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 Prosperity Maine: (207) 797-7890
Families can use this simplified mobile-friendly tax filing tool to claim the child tax credit and missing stimulus payments.