Montana families could begin receiving direct child payments this week

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Rachel Heiner works with kids at the Billings Family YMCA’s child care center in this March 2020 file photo.

CASEY PAGE, Billings Gazette

More than 100,000 Montana families with children could begin receiving monthly child tax credit payments as early as Thursday under a broad plan to support all but America’s richest families.

It’s estimated that the monthly payments, $300 for each child younger than age 6 and $250 for children ages 6 to 17, will reduce American child poverty by half. From July through December, there will be monthly payments. Come tax season next spring, parents can file for a lump sum payment covering the first six months of 2021.

“If parents are responsible, and they use the money in the right way, it means they’re going to get that breakfast in the morning that maybe they weren’t getting before,” said U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, who supported the tax credit in the American Rescue Plan. “It means parents are going to have a little more flexibility to be with their kids and

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