Child Tax Credit Payments: Is Your State Sending You More Money?

For millions of parents, the enhancement of the child tax credit was a major financial relief in 2021. But when it ended in January, the proportion of poor children fell from 12.1% to 17%, putting 3.7 million children below the poverty line. And now, with inflation on the rise, along with gas and grocery prices, several states are planning to send more money to families this year.

Currently, Congress is not working at the federal level to reinstate the enhanced child tax credit payments. It is now up to states to decide whether they will provide money to families in need. So far, 13 states plan to enact a child tax credit or offer deductions for households with children — only one of those states is awaiting governor approval.

Keep reading to see if your state offers — or is considering offering — a child tax credit check. To learn more, see if your state is send gas rebate checks and tax refunds.

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Which States Are Considering Sending Child Tax Credit Checks and Considering Tax Deductions?

California: Families earning less than $25,000 can receive $1,000, either as a reduced tax bill or as a refund. Those earning between $25,000 and $30,000 would receive reduced credit. The credit is only available to children under age 6 and the family must be eligible for the California earned income tax credit.

Colorado: Starting in January 2023, families with incomes of $75,000 or less ($85,000 for married taxpayers filing jointly) could get 5% to 30% of the federal credit for each qualifying child. This credit is only available for children under 6 years old.

Connecticut: Eligible families can now apply for a one-time tax refund to receive $250 for each child under 18. Reimbursement is capped at $750 for three children. Here’s who qualifies (PDF): jointly filing couples who earned $200,000 or less in 2021, single filers who earned $100,000 or less, and heads of households who earned $160,000 or less.

Idaho: Families could be eligible to get $205 for each eligible child with the Idaho non-refundable child tax credit.

Maine: Resident taxpayers can claim $300 for each eligible child and dependent under the dependent tax credit. Eligible children and dependents are the same as those claimed under the federal child tax credit.

Maryland: Those earning $6,000 or less could get a $500 refundable tax credit for each qualifying child, under a bill pending approval by Gov. Larry Hogan.

Massachusetts: Families can receive $180 for one dependent or $360 for multiple dependents. To be eligible, dependents must be under the age of 12.

New Jersey: New Jersey’s recently passed Child Tax Credit program gives families with incomes of $30,000 or less a refundable tax credit of $500 for each child under age 6. Households earning up to $80,000 could qualify for $300.

New Mexico: Families could be eligible for $25 to $175 per qualifying child, depending on income, beginning in tax year 2023 and continuing through tax year 2031.

New York: Eligible families can claim either 33% of the federal child tax credit and additional federal child tax credit for eligible children, or $100 for each eligible child.

North Carolina: Taxpayers can receive a deduction of up to $2,500 for each qualifying child, depending on income and filing status.

Oklahoma: Households with incomes below $100,000 can get 5% of the federal child tax credit.

Vermont: Households with an income of less than $125,000 are entitled to $1,000 per child aged 5 and under.

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