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Millions of individuals and families receive government funding through business checks and monthly child tax credits.
However, many are still waiting for their stimulus checks, while others may not know how to register for the child tax credits.
The IRS is hosting live events in 12 cities this weekend to help individuals and families who typically don’t file tax returns to get access to the money.
The events will take place on Friday July 9th and Saturday July 10th in partnership with nonprofits, churches, community groups, and other organizations. They take place in Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami, Milwaukee, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, St. Louis and Washington, DC / Maryland.
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You can find more information about specific places and times here.
The American Rescue Plan Act, passed by Congress in March, included third stimulus checks of up to $ 1,400 per person and monthly upfront child tax credit payments of up to $ 300 per month per child. To qualify for the Stimulus Checks or Child Tax Credit, individuals and families must meet certain requirements.
Those attending the in-person events should bring their social security or tax identification numbers for themselves and their spouses, social security numbers for their children, postal and email addresses, and bank details in order to receive direct deposit payments.
More help with online payment registration
The IRS plans to hold additional live events to help people sign up for the child tax credit and stimulus check payments.
However, if you can’t make it to these events, you can still access the online help.
The IRS’s new no-branch registration web tool allows individuals and families to enter their information to register for monthly child tax withholding payments. The online tool also allows people to submit the $ 1,400 stimulus checks as well as the refund credit for the first two payments issued by the government.
If you need to file a federal tax return instead, you can use the IRS’s free file program if your income is $ 72,000 or less.
Monthly child tax credits starting July 15
Monthly child tax credit reviews are scheduled to begin July 15 and continue through December.
They include payments of up to $ 300 per month per child under 6 years old and up to $ 250 per month per child 6-17 years of age.
The IRS also has an online tool available to verify that your family is eligible for child tax credit prepayments.
Most families receive the child tax credit automatically. However, those who do not normally file tax returns, including low-income families or other underserved groups, are encouraged to submit their information in order to receive the money.
More than 35 million returns have not yet been processed
This year, many Americans have been encouraged to file tax returns, even when they typically don’t, in order to receive the stimulus checks and other tax credits that they may be eligible for.
However, some Americans still complain that they haven’t received their stimulus checks.
One reason for this could be that the IRS has more than 35 million tax returns to process. This includes approximately 16.8 million paper returns, 15.8 million returns that are subject to further review, and 2.7 million modified returns.
It is estimated that more than 8 million taxpayers will be eligible for claw-back-discounted tax credits or unpaid stimulus check funds this year.
“For taxpayers who can afford to wait, the best advice is to be patient and give the IRS time to work on its backlog,” National Taxpayers Attorney Erin M. Collins wrote in a recent report to Congress.