The expanded and improved Child Tax Credit under the American Rescue Plan Act in 2021 was the largest tax cut for working families in generations, distributing nearly $93 billion in payments to families nationwide, reaching over 61 million children, and lifting nearly 4 million children out of poverty between July and December 2021. However, the current Child Tax Credit excludes one-third of our nation’s children from receiving the full credit, disproportionately burdening families of color, single-parent families, rural families, and families with young children. The American Family Act would restore the expanded monthly Child Tax Credit and make it permanent, providing a significant boost to struggling low and moderate-income families. Ending childhood poverty and ensuring families can provide the best possible start in life for their children must be national priorities.
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