pexels karolina grabowska 4386369CHICAGO – As of July 15, families with children up to 17 years old have been eligible to receive a federal Child Tax Credit, and State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) is urging residents of the 3rd District to check their eligibility.

“Whether or not you filed taxes in 2019 or 2020, your family may still be eligible for this credit,” Hunter said. “There are still hundreds of residents who are eligible to apply, so take this as an opportunity to check. This credit could be yours!”

Data provided by the White House shows that there are hundreds of residents in the 3rd District who did not file taxes in 2019 and 2020 who are eligible to sign up as non-filers to receive the Child Tax Credit.

People with Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers or Social Security Numbers are eligible to apply. Additional information and the application can be found here.

Under the Child Tax Credit, families with children under 6 years old will receive $2,000 to $3,600 per child, and families with children from ages 6 to 17 will receive $2,000 to $3,000 per child. The IRS will be sending families half of their 2021 Child Tax Credit as a monthly payment of $250 to $300 per child through the end of the year.

Those who filed taxes in 2019 and 2020 should receive those payments automatically.

“Families who sign up as non-filers can still get the full amount of this credit, no matter when they sign up,” Hunter said. “I especially encourage those who’ve struggled with their finances during the pandemic to check their eligibility. I hope this credit will be a huge help for all who receive it.”

Families can check their eligibility on the IRS website and sign up as non-filers at any time here.