Starting today, families will begin receiving $300 in monthly tax refunds per child under the age of 6, and $250 per child ages 6 to 17 through the end of the year.
Families that qualify will receive a tax refund worth $3,600 per child under 6 and $3,000 per child from 6 to 17.
All Georgia families will get the full credit if they make up to $150,000 for a couple or $112,500 for a family with a single parent.
“Senator Reverend Warnock and I worked together to pass this tax relief for Georgia families, and we’re proud that we’ve delivered,” Sen. Jon Ossoff. “Georgians with questions about how to access this tax cut should contact my office. I am here to serve.”
Previously, only people who earned enough money to owe income taxes could qualify for the credit.
“Today is a big day for countless families across our state and throughout our nation. This tax cut for our working families will be a game-changer, lifting over 160,000 children in Georgia out of poverty,” Sen. Rev. Warnock said. “I am proud to have helped secure this win for Georgia families alongside Sen. Ossoff, and I will continue working to make this tax cut permanent to help ensure future generations of Georgians thrive.”
President Joe Biden has said the tax credits will combat child poverty, cutting such instances in half.
“The president felt it was important to elevate this issue, to make sure people understand this is a benefit that will help them as we still work to recover from the pandemic and the economic downturn,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Republicans say the child tax credits will de-incentivize individuals from getting married, finding a job and will create a welfare state in the United States.
“Not only does Biden’s plan abandon incentives for marriage and requirements for work, but it will also destroy the child-support enforcement system as we know it by sending cash payments to single parents without ensuring child-support orders are established,” U.S. Senator Marco Rubio said in a statement Wednesday.
The vast majority of Georgians will automatically receive their monthly Child Tax Credit refunds in the form of direct deposit, a paper check, or a credit card.
Georgians who did not have to file 2019 or 2020 taxes, or who did not previously claim stimulus check payments, can sign-up to receive the tax cut, here.