Take Action Today: Nearly 5 Million Children May Lose Access to the Child Tax Credit

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives is considering H.R. 4935, the Child Tax Credit Improvement Act of 2014. Unfortunately, the House Rules Committee added a provision to this bill that will require at least one parent tax filer to have a Social Security number in order to claim the refundable tax credit. If enacted, nearly 5 million children in very low-wage families may lose access to this critical income support. Four million of those children who would lose access are U.S. citizens. The time to take action is now!

The Child Tax Credit, or CTC, is an important and effective tool in fighting poverty. It kept 3 million people out of poverty in 2012, including 1.6 million children. Under the new provision, however, many families living in poverty are either ineligible for the credit or only eligible for a partial credit, and those that are eligible for the full credit only get an annual maximum credit of $1,000 per child, which covers a mere fraction of the expenses associated with having a family. The brunt of the consequences of denying eligibility will fall on the children—the majority of whom are U.S. citizens—who will not reap the long-term benefits of claiming the credits, including better health, better jobs, and higher incomes. The credit is contingent on work, and would position newly recognized immigrant families on more stable economic footing.

Even worse, while threatening to cut millions of children from support, this bill actually expands access to the credit and makes it permanent for upper-middle-class households, but not low-income households.

Take action now and urge your representatives to oppose this bill. By cutting access to this critical tax credit for filers without a Social Security number, our nation would be placing additional and unnecessary obstacles on families and children who are already struggling in a broken system.

Enter your ZIP code to urge your members of Congress to protect the Child Tax Credit for low-income children.


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