The child tax credit enacted by Congress and signed by President Biden takes effect with payments to eligible persons beginning by July 15. Democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) took to the microphone on July 8 to urge her constituents, including illegal immigrants, to sign up for the benefits.
The credit will provide direct cash payments to qualifying parents each month for the remainder of 2021. The full benefit is available for single parents with income up to $75,000 per year and for couples with income up to $150,000 annually.
AOC called the benefit the “largest anti-poverty program in a generation” and repeated the claim made by Democrats that the cash payments would cut child poverty nationally in half.
The program is currently slated to cost more than $110 billion this year. While it is only in effect for 2021, Congressional Democrats have already expressed their intention to move forward with making the tax credit payments permanent.
AOC held her July 8 media briefing at a New York City IRS office and several other New York lawmakers to provide information about signing up for the benefit. She directed an appeal directly to illegal immigrants with children to enroll without hesitation or concern about their status. In the appearance, she explained applying online and seeking assistance at IRS field offices.
She assured illegal immigrants that the government offices “are also offering help to undocumented folks with eligible children.” And she added, “any child with a Social Security number is eligible. Do not count yourself out because a parent or guardian is undocumented. You just need your individual tax identification number.”
The Biden administration has already recognized that the tax credit plan will require reaching out to millions of parents who have not filed tax returns, including those who are not legally present in the country. The IRS is being called upon to facilitate accepting and processing the forms that substitute for tax returns as the government’s method to identify the persons eligible for payments and complete electronic funds deposits.