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Susan Wild meets local mayors, promotes child tax credit at Pocono YMCA

Pocono Record logo Pocono Record 6/3/2021 Kathryne Rubright, Pocono Record
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U.S. Rep. Susan Wild (D-7) made a stop at the Pocono YMCA Thursday morning to urge families in Pennsylvania’s Seventh District to take advantage of the new child tax credit created in the American Rescue Plan.

While it’s called a tax credit, Wild stressed that the benefits — $3,000 per child and $3,600 for children under age 6 — are not limited to families that pay taxes.

“It sounds like you have to be paying taxes in order to get a credit. This is called a refundable credit, meaning that you will get cash, literally, even if you don’t file taxes and you’re not entitled to some sort of refund,” Wild said.

According to Wild’s office, the money will benefit 133,300 children, or 85.5% of those in the district, at an average of $2,900 per household.

The credit phases out starting at $75,000 for single earners or $150,000 for married couples filing jointly.

Though the credit is for 2021, and so taxpayers typically would not see the benefit until filing taxes in 2022, the Internal Revenue Service will instead begin making advance payments in July. Families who qualify for the full amount will receive $250 or $300 monthly per child, depending on age.

a group of people posing for a picture: U.S. Rep. Susan Wild (D-7) speaks about the child tax credit in the American Rescue Plan at the Pocono YMCA on Thursday, June 3, 2021. © [KATHRYNE RUBRIGHT/POCONO RECORD] U.S. Rep. Susan Wild (D-7) speaks about the child tax credit in the American Rescue Plan at the Pocono YMCA on Thursday, June 3, 2021.

Related: When will child tax credit payments start? Checks set to roll out in July, IRS says

“Eligible taxpayers do not need to take any action now other than to file their 2020 tax return if they have not done so,” according to the IRS web page on the tax credit.

The IRS will estimate payments based on 2020 returns when available, or 2019 returns if not — so families that previously earned more than $75,000/$150,000 but dropped below that threshold during the pandemic should ensure they have filed their 2020 taxes in order to receive the full amount.

The expanded credit is currently only in effect for 2021, though President Joe Biden wants to extend it through 2025 via his American Families Plan.

Kevin Hillman, assistant to the YMCA CEO, shows U.S. Rep. Susan Wild an old photo of the Y during her visit on Thursday, June 3, 2021. © [KATHRYNE RUBRIGHT/POCONO RECORD] Kevin Hillman, assistant to the YMCA CEO, shows U.S. Rep. Susan Wild an old photo of the Y during her visit on Thursday, June 3, 2021.

Wild also took a tour of the YMCA and met with Stroudsburg Mayor Tarah Probst, Delaware Water Gap Mayor Larry Freshcorn and Portland Mayor Lance Prator to discuss municipal concerns and American Rescue Plan.

Wild has submitted a request to the House Committee on Appropriations for upgrades to the YMCA as part of the Community Project Funding process, or the new version of earmarks.

“They’ve got a lot of space, it just needs updating,” Wild told the Pocono Record after the tour.

The YMCA requested $1 million for expansion and renovation. If funding is approved, the upgrades would “include a community gathering space, aquatic center improvements, a modern wellness center, inclusive locker rooms and family changing areas, expanded parking lot, and expanded childcare services,” according to Wild’s office.

Each member of Congress can submit 10 funding requests; not all will necessarily be granted.

“Any services that are provided to children, to me, really goes to the top of the list, of any list,” Wild said. “Mayor Probst said it before, that they’re our future. But I’m particularly impressed by the Ys in Pennsylvania Seven and the outreach they do.”

a man and a woman standing in front of a window: U.S. Rep. Susan Wild (D-7) visits Pocono YMCA President/CEO Scott Peckins during her tour of the building on Thursday, June 3, 2021. © [KATHRYNE RUBRIGHT/POCONO RECORD] U.S. Rep. Susan Wild (D-7) visits Pocono YMCA President/CEO Scott Peckins during her tour of the building on Thursday, June 3, 2021.

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