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Advocating is crucial to a community's success. And guess what? It's easy. By calling, emailing, or even tweeting your representative, you can help us spread the word about the change that needs to happen in our neighborhoods. When you advocate with United Way, lawmakers take notice.

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Current Advocacy Call to Action

We want to invite you to join us in advocating for tax policies to reduce childhood poverty and provide more money directly to families in our community. This is important to United Way because we operate a free tax preparation site for Washtenaw County people with low incomes.  This year, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the federal government passed legislation creating a one year expansion of the Child Tax Credit (CTC), which is part of the American Rescue Plan and aims to help families raising children make ends meet. 

What is the Advanced Child Tax Credit?

The ACTC is a tax credit provided to taxpayers who are caring for their dependent children ages 17 and under. The credit is $3,600 for each child under 6, and $3,000 for each child age 6-17. Half of the credit will be paid in monthly payments that started July 15th and go through December, and the remaining amount will be paid when families file their 2021 tax return.

Experts estimate the new Child Tax Credit has the potential to cut child poverty in half. But the expanded credit is only for one year.

What Can You Do to Help?

Currently there is legislation in Congress to make the expanded CTC permanent - meaning anyone with children that can be claimed on their tax return could rely on getting this additional credit every year. These monthly payments will provide reliable income to help pay bills, buy food, build savings, and keep families in their homes. 

At United Way, we are committed to supporting efforts to reduce poverty here in Washtenaw County. As VITA volunteers, we know you understand the importance of tax filing for financial stability and being able to help families access their credits and refunds. Your volunteerism already helps so many families and being an advocate is a way to continue that impact outside the VITA season.

Please join us in advocating for the expanded CTC to become permanent. 

Click here to tell your members of Congress that you support making this credit permanent in order to increase security and reduce poverty for children. 

Thank you for lending your voice and supporting our community.

Bridget Herrmann- Vice President of Impact and Advocacy

Emma Roeder - VITA Free Tax Program Manager