For those who qualify for thethat , that money is intended to help individuals and families bridge over the current economic straits. The that authorized those payments, however, includes other financial assistance that could benefit some of the most vulnerable Americans, including and .
Most prominently, the stimulus law expands the definition of dependent to loop in lowering child poverty rates in the US that could bring some families an extra infusion of cash this year. For instance, it expands the to make payments up to $3,600 for each qualifying child.-- including adults. The American Rescue Plan comes with several provisions aimed at
Read on for everything else in the stimulus law that could give parents and older adults more money this year. And in the meantime, here's, you should expect to receive, , and what we know so far about a .
More people count as dependents
Under the plan,(including children, and ) are in stimulus payments. This money , however, but instead will be added to the household's total. here.
An expanded $3,600 child tax credit
Parents can usually claim a CTC of up to $2,000 on their taxes for every child under age 17. The American Rescue Plan says families with children aged 17 and under receive a credit of $3,000, while those with children under the age of 6 receive a $3,600 credit. It also makes the credit fully refundable, removing both the dollar cap and earnings limit that currently prevents many low-income families with children from receiving the full credit, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. , and when the IRS could . Here's how to .
Tax credits for child care, too
To make child care more affordable for families, the plan provides a child care tax credit for kids under age 13 -- a total of up to $4,000 for one child, or $8,000 for two or more children. The credit is refundable, and available to families making less than $125,000 per year. Those making between $125,000 and $400,000 receive a partial credit (find out). The plan also calls on Congress to provide funding to keep child care centers open, and improve wages and benefits for child care workers.
Stimulus checks for adults over 65, including dependents
(including recipients of benefits) are eligible for a of , if they meet . This includes older adults who are on someone else's taxes, though their share of stimulus money gets added to the household's total amount. (Find out .)
Expansion of the earned income tax credit
Designed to benefit people with lower incomes, this tax credit can reduce your taxable income and wages. The relief plan raises this credit for childless adults from about $530 to $1,500, and raises the income limit for the credit from $16,000 to $21,000. It also expands the eligible age range, eliminating the age cap for older workers. And if your earnings fall in 2021 due to the pandemic, you won't see your credit reduced. (Find out more about.)
More funding for aging and disability services
The American Rescue Plan includes additional funds for aging and disability services programs, but it doesn't go into detail about where exactly that money goes.
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