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Yung Chun

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Social Policy Institute, Washington University in St. Louis


The 2021 temporary expansion of the Child Tax Credit (CTC) is unprecedented in its reach and is predicted to cut American child poverty by more than half. The expanded CTC provides families with $3,600 for every child in the household under the age of six, and $3,000 for every child between the ages of six and 17. Almost all middle- and low-income families with children are eligible for the CTC. Married parents making less than $150,000 and single parents making less than $112,500 per year will receive the full amount of the credit, which begins to phase out slowly after these income cut-offs. The purpose of this study is to understand the impact of the CTC on families and to inform current proposals to make the credit permanent.

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Report or White Paper



Financial Security