Congressman Doyle Announces Benefits of Child Tax Credit Expansion for PA18

May 4, 2021
Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (D-PA-18) released information about the benefits that expansion of the Child Tax Credit will have for his constituents in Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District. 

  • Over 86% of children in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District will gain from the expanded and improved Child Tax Credit.
  • The average benefit from the tax credit for almost 36,000 households is $2,800.
  • Almost 7,500 children will be lifted out of poverty. This includes over 4,500 children who are considered to be in “deep poverty” and 2,300 kids under the age of 6.
  • Families with children in poverty will receive an average benefit of $4,500.

The expansion of the child tax credit was made possible by the latest COVID relief package, the American Rescue Plan Act. President Biden signed the bill into law on March 11, 2021, after it passed the House with Congressman Doyle’s support. Over 27 million children across the United States will benefit from this expansion - cutting child poverty in half. 

The new child tax credit will benefit parents and guardians making up to $75,000 for lower for single filers and up to $150,000 for married couples. Benefits will begin being distributed for parents and guardians who have filed their taxes in July 2021 and will last for one year. 

Families will be eligible for up to $300 per month per child, with 2020 limits from up to $2,000 per child to a maximum of $3,600. Children aged 5 and under can receive a maximum of $3,600 through the credit and those between 6 and 17 years are eligible for a maximum for $3,000. Kids 18 years old and full-time college students 24 and under can each bring parents a one-time $500 payment. 

Many working families with children have been financially devastated by the pandemic. On top of this, families must juggle remote schooling and staying COVID-free, while ensuring there’s food on the table. The expanded credit will cut child poverty in half by helping parents and guardians buy groceries, pay rent, and afford child care. I agree with President Biden’s call for establishing the expansion of this credit as permanent and will continue to fight to make that happen.