Sixteen states are providing CTC checks or tax deductions— do you qualify?
We commend the 16 states that have historically provided or will start providing statewide CTC payments or tax deductions to their residents.
When families received the remainder of the expanded federal Child Tax Credit (CTC) after they filed their taxes this year, they used their tax refund to pay bills, cover housing payments, and stash some away in a rainy day fund.
As the federal monthly CTC payments ended in January 2022, many states looked to help families by sending their own CTC checks or providing tax deductions.
Other states have also sent or will send one-time inflation relief checks, further supporting their residents and helping rebuild their local economy. This financial aid is critical as inflation continues to stretch paychecks.
Here are the states that offer a statewide version of the Child Tax Credit
Note: Unless otherwise stated below, a “qualified child” or “eligible child” means a child that qualifies for the federal Child Tax Credit.
California: Families with at least one qualifying child under 6 can get a tax credit of up to $1,000 through the Young Child Tax Credit (YCTC) when they file their annual tax returns.
- If you haven’t already, you must file your state tax return by October 17, 2022, to receive the funds this year.
- This tax credit is available annually (and has been in place since 2019), so file your tax return early to claim these funds in 2023.
Colorado: Families can get a tax credit of up to 30% of the federal Child Tax Credit for each qualifying child under 6 (as of December 31, 2022). Families can claim this new annual tax credit beginning in January 2023 when they file tax returns.
Georgia: Pregnant mothers can now claim a $3,000 deduction on their tax bill per embryo (as long as a medical record can prove a detectable heartbeat any time on or after July 20, 2022, through December 31, 2022). This tax change allows families to count fetuses as dependents to claim personal dependent exemptions.
- Expecting families can claim this new addition to the statewide personal dependent tax deduction starting January 2023 when they file their tax returns (for tax year 2022).
Idaho: Families can now receive a $205 tax credit per eligible child. The previous amount was $130 per child.
- Families can claim this increased annual tax credit amount when they file their tax returns starting January 2023 (for tax year 2022).
Maine: Families can get a $300 tax credit per qualifying child and dependent through the Dependent Exemption Tax Credit when they file their annual tax return.
- This tax credit has been offered annually since 2018 (tax year 2017).
- File your tax return in 2023 to receive these funds.
Maryland: Families can get a tax credit of up to $500 if they have children under 17 who have a disability.
- 2023 (tax year 2022) will be the last time this tax credit is available unless the Maryland government passes another statewide CTC bill.
- Households can claim this tax credit when they file their tax returns in January 2023.
Massachusetts: Families can get a $180 tax credit per child under 12 ($360 total for two or more eligible kids) through the Dependent Member(s) of Household Tax Credit, which the state started offering in 2022 (tax year 2021).
- Households can claim this recently introduced annual tax credit when they file their tax return starting in January 2023.
New Jersey: Families can receive a tax credit of up to $500 per child under the age of 6 through the New Jersey Child Tax Credit program.
- Families can claim this new annual tax credit when they file their tax returns, starting in January 2023.
New Mexico: Families can get a tax credit of $25 to $175 per eligible child when they file their tax return in 2024 (for tax year 2023).
- Households can start claiming this upcoming annual tax credit in 2024 (for the tax year 2023).
New York: Families can get a $100 tax credit for each child or 33% of the federal tax credit, whichever is greater. To qualify, children must be between the ages of 4 and 17 by December 31st of the tax year. This tax credit has been offered since 2019 (tax year 2018).
- This annual tax credit can be claimed when households file their tax returns.
North Carolina: Families can deduct up to $2,500 on their 2022 tax return (for the tax year 2021) for every qualifying child. This tax deduction has been offered since 2018 (tax year 2017).
- Starting January 2023 (for tax year 2022), families can deduct up to $3,000 on their tax return for every qualifying child through the updated North Carolina Child Deduction when they file their tax return.
Oklahoma: Families can claim either 5% of the federal CTC or 20% of the federal Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC), whichever amount is greater when they typically file their annual tax returns. This tax credit has been offered since 2014 (tax year 2013).
- Families will receive these annual funds when they file their tax returns, starting in January 2023.
Rhode Island: Starting in October 2022, families can receive child tax credit rebßates for up to $250 per child under age 18, maxing out at three kids.
- This tax rebate is only available in 2022.
- These checks will be sent automatically to eligible families.
Vermont: Families can get a $1,000 tax credit per child under 5.
- Families can claim this new annual tax credit starting January 2023 when they file their tax returns.
Previous, temporary statewide CTC programs
Connecticut: *The application for this statewide CTC ended July 31, 2022* Families who qualified have already received $250 per child (up to $750 total per household) through the 2022 Child Tax Rebate.
Florida: *Eligible families have already received this statewide CTC* Families were mailed physical checks for $450 per eligible child between late July and early August 2022.
Life without the monthly CTC payments…
We’ve heard from our members how tough the last few months have been without the monthly CTC checks. When SaverLife members were regularly receiving these payments, they were able to:
- “Keep household bills paid” –Andromeda, GA
- “[Get] extra toiletries, clothes, and school supplies” –Lacey, AZ
- “Eat better quality food and save some [of the CTC] for emergencies” –Kristin, AR
- and more
Note: If you or someone you know has not yet had the chance to file taxes, there’s still time.
SaverLife stands with its members
The U.S. Census Bureau recently published an update about how the expanded Child Tax Credit cut child poverty in half. And we know from both national data and personal testimonies that the CTC benefitted families when they needed that extra income the most.
We will continue to advocate for expanded Child Tax Credit payments for families across the country. And here’s how you can help us in this fight:
- If you haven’t yet filed taxes, it’s not too late to do that so you could get your tax refund.
- Check to see if your voter information is up to date for the November midterm election and exercise your right to have a say in policies like the Child Tax Credit.
- Share what the monthly CTC meant to you, and tag us on Twitter (@Saverlifeorg).
- See if your state is sending gas rebate checks or stimulus money in the form of inflation-relief checks or tax rebates.
- Contact your member of Congress (either by email or phone) and tell them how the monthly CTC payments made a difference for your family. Lawmakers appreciate hearing from the people they serve.
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