New York City families who were not automatically enrolled in the Biden administration’s expanded monthly child tax credit can call 311 to make an appointment for one-on-one help, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday.
Under an agreement reached under the federal stimulus deal, eligible U.S. families can receive monthly payments of $250 to $300 per child. The program, which has been touted as President Biden’s “biggest anti-poverty plan,” covers all but the richest families—single parents who earn up to $112,500 and married couples with incomes up to $150,000 are eligible for the full benefit. The benefit phases out for high-income households making over $480,000.
All told, New York City families could get an estimated $3 billion through the program, which has been projected as having the potential to cut child poverty in half.
The payments began last Thursday. In a much-applauded move, the federal government did not require parents to sign up or fill out any additional paperwork–except if they did not file income taxes in 2019 or 2020, or if they have not previously received a stimulus check. Those individuals have been directed to sign up on the IRS website. The city’s 311 option is for those who need help navigating the application.
De Blasio estimated that around a quarter of a million New Yorkers fall in this category, meaning that families who may need the money the most may not end up receiving it.
“For some families, it’s what going to be what makes them able to make ends meet,” he said.