“Family-friendly social, economic and cultural policies need to be promoted in all countries. These include, for example, policies that make it possible to harmonize family and work; tax policies that acknowledge family burdens and support the educational functions of families by adopting appropriate instruments of fiscal equity; policies that welcome life; and social, psychological and health services that focus on supporting couple and parental relationships.”
The Child Tax Credit is an economic and social policy that supports the strength and stability of family life. Last year, more than 36 million families received a monthly payment through the expanded Child Tax Credit program. The expanded credit proved to be extremely effective at reducing child poverty, lifting 3.7 million children above the poverty line. Unfortunately, the expansions expired at the end of the year. The current credit is not structured to serve the children who need it the most. The poorest children are not eligible to receive the full value of the credit because their parents don’t earn enough money. Ask Congress to act now to support families most in need by strengthening the Child Tax Credit, including by making it fully refundable so that the full credit is available to the lowest-income families.
We encourage you to add your own personal story about why strengthening the Child Tax Credit is important to you and/or how the 2021 expanded Child Tax Credit helped your family or your community.
You can read the most recent USCCB letter advocating for an improved Child Tax Credit here.
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