Millions of U.S. families are missing out on the Child Tax Credit

Millions of U.S. Families Are Missing Out On The Child Tax Credit

Nearly 5 million families in the U.S. are eligible but have not received the Child Tax Credit — including more than 48,861 eligible families in Connecticut. The benefits of the expanded and advance Child Tax Credit (CTC) implemented through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 have been widely reported; yet millions of eligible low-income families have not yet received their credit.

The CTC is especially crucial for ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) families with children — families who earn above the Federal Poverty Level, but not enough to afford the basics needed to live and work in the modern economy. Many of these ALICE households work in essential jobs but still struggle to make ends meet. 

United For ALICE, founded and fueled by United Way of Northern New Jersey, is a driver of innovation, research, and action to improve life across the country for ALICE workers and families. Through the development of the ALICE measurements, a comprehensive, unbiased picture of financial hardship is now available for every state and county.

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