PRESS RELEASE: FACTSHEET: THE REAL IMPACT OF A FAILURE TO EXTEND CHILD TAX CREDIT ON WEST VIRGINIANS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
December 16, 2021

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FACTSHEET: THE REAL IMPACT OF A FAILURE TO EXTEND CHILD TAX CREDIT ON WEST VIRGINIANS

93% of West Virginia Children Will Benefit From a CTC Extension, Helping Their Families Put Food on the Table and Pay Bills

WASHINGTON, D.C. — While the Senate discusses extending the expanded Child Tax Credit the Build Back Better Act, its benefits to West Virginia families are set to expire on January 1. West Virginia is one of the biggest beneficiaries of the expanded Child Tax Credit, according to the West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy.

Here’s how West Virginians will be impacted by a failure to extend the expanded Child Tax Credit:

Extending the Child Tax Credit will benefit 93% of children in West Virginia

  • Joint Economic Committee: “In West Virginia, 305,000 children qualified for advance CTC payments in November… Households in the state received 181,000 payments… The average payment per household was $438.”

  • Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: 93% of West Virginia children would benefit from permanent expansion of the child tax credit. 

Without the Child Tax Credit, West Virginians said they wouldn’t have been able to put food on the table or pay their heating bills

  • West Virginian Melissa Boyes: “The new monthly payments of $250 my family and I are receiving as part of the expanded child tax credit is the reason I am able to put food on the table… I can tell you from experience that no-questions-asked extra cash was a game changer in a year that has thrown our family one devastating curveball after another.”

  • West Virginian Stormy Johnson: “For my family, [the child tax credit] means a break from food insecurity. Thanks to these monthly payments, every member of my family is able to get enough to eat.”

  • West Virginian Sara Cantrell: “Since receiving Biden’s expanded child tax credit payments, which began in July, my family’s finances are much more stable. I’ve been able to stay on top of my electricity bill, and with extra room in our budget, I’ve been able to get Christmas gifts for my kids.”

In West Virginia, adding a work requirement and family income cap would take the Child Tax Credit away from 57% children currently receiving it

  • West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy: “Reducing the family income cap to this extent would mean… In West Virginia, 190,000 fewer children would benefit from the CTC, a 57 percent reduction.”

  • West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy: “West Virginia has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of the enhanced CTC. West Virginia ranks 7th in the nation in terms of the boost in purchasing power the expanded CTC provides as a percentage of state GDP.”

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