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The Impact of the Child Tax Credit on Families

In 2021, Democrats temporarily expanded the child tax credit.

Here are the top five ways families used it:

College fund
42%
More or better-quality foods
49%
Clothing or other essentials
58%
Housing, food, and utilities
67%
Save for emergencies
75%

42% said they would use the credit to contribute to a college fund for their child(ren)

49% said they would use the credit to purchase more or better-quality foods for their family

58% said they would use the credit to purchase clothing or other essentials for their child(ren)

67% said they would apply the credit toward housing, food, and utilities

75% said they would use the credit to save for emergencies

Extending this credit would make a huge impact on childhood poverty

PERCENT OF CHILDREN IN POVERTY

<10%

10-15%

>15%
A map showing state-level child poverty rates before and after the expanded child tax credit. Before, most of the map shows rates above 10% with many states above 15%. After, all but 3 states show rates below 10%.
Source: Urban Institute, Sept 2021

Here's a map of childhood poverty rates around the country before the expanded child tax credit

Here's what would happen if the expanded credit were made permanent

That's over 4 million children lifted out of poverty

While creating new opportunities for millions more middle-class families

Tell Congress:
Make the expanded child tax credit permanent!

The expanded child tax credit expired at the end 2021.‚Äč

Sign Representative Rosa DeLauro’s petition to Congress that says: Congress must make the expanded child tax credit permanent, which would lift millions of children out of poverty and make life easier for tens of millions of middle- and working-class families.

U.S. and U.S. Territories only

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