CINCINNATI, OH – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined families who will benefit from the expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC) and advocates for a roundtable discussion about the credit and its anticipated positive impact in Ohio.

“Thanks to the expanded Child Tax Credit, millions of Ohio parents will have more money in their pockets on July 15,” said Brown. “We know the wages of hardworking families have been stagnant for decades – this credit will finally give them a chance to keep up with the cost of living. Now we continue the fight to make this expansion permanent, because families’ expenses aren’t going away.”

As a part of the American Rescue Plan, the families of 92 percent of Ohio’s kids will receive monthly CTC payments of $250 to $300 per child. Brown joined advocates and several mothers whose families will benefit from the credit to highlight why all working families should visit to learn more about how working families can put more money in their pockets.

Brown helped write and pass the American Rescue Plan with these expanded CTC benefits, based on his bill the Working Families Tax Relief Act. He is working to make the expansions permanent.

Important features of the Child Tax Credit:

  • Starting July 15, families will receive Child Tax Credit payments monthly. Families who filed taxes in 2019 or 2020 will automatically receive these payments. For those who didn’t file taxes there’s a one-page form to fill out on
  • The Child Tax Credit expansion is expected to cut child poverty in half.
  • The Child Tax Credit expansion expires after one year, Brown is working with the President and Congressional colleagues to make the expansion permanent.

Brown was joined at the roundtable by Chara Fisher Jackson, Executive Director, Cincinnati Preschool Promise; Desiré Bennet, Social Equity Specialist and mother; Dominique Love, Cohear Advisory Member; Jorge Perez, CEO/President, YMCA of Greater Cincinnati; Kendra Davis, Cohear Advisory Member; and Meghan Cummings, Executive Director, Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s Women’s Fund.

“When I was a 19-year-old mom, there weren’t many opportunities to have advancement like this,” said Desiré Bennet, Social Equity Specialist and mother.

“The Child Tax Credit is a meaningful step to support families, especially women who have been hit hardest by the pandemic. These payments will support our economic recovery and are a common sense way to cut child poverty and put money directly in the hands of families who need it most,” said Meghan Cummings, Executive Director of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s Women’s Fund.