Biden administration reups Child Tax Credit portal

An online portal designed to help very low-income people get the expanded Child Tax Credit reopened Wednesday, according to the nonprofit group that designed it in cooperation with the Biden administration.

The group, Code for America, said it also would collaborate with state benefits agencies to reach families that may not be aware they are eligible for the federal program.

The portal, GetCTC, had been taken offline earlier this year due to concerns it could cause confusion during the tax filing season.

Even though filing season has ended and the CTC expansion expired at the end of 2021, people who qualified can still get what they are owed. But they have to file a simplified tax return, which may be difficult for many who typically earn too little to file an annual return — less than $25,100 for married couples and $12,550 for single filers.

The relaunched GetCTC portal is meant to help recipients navigate the process with a return that requires only the information needed

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