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Congresswoman Escobar Announces El Paso Families Will Receive Monthly Child Tax Credit Payments Starting Today

Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) announced that 53,800 El Paso households could expect to receive monthly Child Tax Credit payments beginning today, July 15th, 2021.  

The Child Tax Credit was included as part of the American Rescue Plan Act, which Congresswoman Escobar voted to send to President Joe Biden’s desk in March 2021. The Child Tax Credit benefits hardworking families who are raising children. 

“Help is here for 191,300 El Paso children and their families – nearly 94% of children in our community,” said Congresswoman Escobar. “Starting today, the American Rescue Plan will provide a historic and transformational relief to roughly 39 million American households – including 53,800 in El Paso. This tax cut delivers on my promise of helping set our children up for success and putting more money in the pocket of hardworking El Pasoans.”

Major Tax Relief for El Paso Families:

According to data compiled by Co-Equal and published by the House Appropriations Committee, 53,800 El Paso households, covering 93.9% of all children in Texas’ 16th Congressional District could get up to $300 per month, per child from July 2021 to December 2021.

The expanded and improved Child Tax Credit will lift 16,000 children out of poverty in El Paso and because of the larger benefit for the most young, 5,800 kids under the age of six will be raised out of poverty in El Paso.

How Much Is the Child Tax Credit Expansion from the American Rescue Plan?

The American Rescue Plan expanded the Child Tax Credit to up to $3,600 per child for children ages 0 to 5 and $3,000 per child for children ages 6 to 17.  

The American Rescue Plan also authorized advance monthly payments of the Child Tax Credit through December 2021. Beginning in July 15th, 2021, qualifying families can get up to: 

  • $300 a month per child for children ages 0 to 5. 
  • $250 a month per child for children ages 6 to 17. 

Families will get their remaining expanded Child Tax Credit when they file their 2021 tax return. 

Who Qualifies?

Families will qualify for a full credit if their income is below $75,000 for single filers, $112,000 for people filing as head of household, or $150,000 for people who are married and filing jointly.

How Do I Get My Payment?

  • Nearly all hardworking families should get their monthly payments automatically beginning July 15th with no further action required. If you’ve filed tax returns for 2019 or 2020, or if you signed up to receive a stimulus check from the Internal Revenue Service, you will get this tax relief automatically. You do not need to sign up or take any action.
  • Families who did not file a tax return for 2019 or 2020 and who did not use the IRS Non-filers tool last year to sign up for the Economic Impact Payments, should go online and use the IRS Child Tax Credit Non-filer Sign-up Tool to sign up today.
  • Families who got their refunds from the IRS through direct deposit will get these payments in their bank account around the 15th of every month until the end of 2021. People who don’t use direct deposit will receive their payment by mail around the same time.
  • Families will be able to determine their eligibility, check the status of their payments and more at

Watch out for scams

The IRS urges everyone to be on the lookout for scams related to both Advance Child Tax Credit payments and Economic Impact Payments. The IRS emphasized that the only way to get either of these benefits is by either filing a tax return with the IRS or registering online through the Non-filer Sign-up tool, exclusively on Any other option is a scam.

Watch out for scams using email, phone calls or texts related to the payments. Be careful and cautious: The IRS never sends unsolicited electronic communications asking anyone to open attachments or visit a non-governmental web site.

To learn more about the Child Tax Credit payments, click here.  

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