by Riverdale Press

The IRS calls these payments an “advance” on the federal child tax credit, providing up to $300 each month for every child under 6, and $250 each month for older children. The first checks already have gone out to families that typically file tax refunds, and the push is on now to ensure every family in need gets paid — even if they don’t normally file taxes.

It’s the need for exactly that kind of education that prompted U.S. Rep. Jamaal Bowman to call for a town hall in Yonkers last week to discuss it.

He invited two senate majority leaders — Andrea Stewart-Cousins on the Albany side, and Chuck Schumer from the Washington circuit. Bowman also welcomed U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, and U.S. Treasury deputy secretary Wally Adeyemo. Bowman’s goal was not just to spread the word about the availability of funds like this through the Biden administration’s American Rescue Plan, but to push for making these monthly payments permanent past December.

“I ran for office because I believe personally that the cycle of poverty is systemic, is rooted in racial injustice, and is rooted in gender bias,” Bowman said. “It is violence. It is trauma. It is a crime. But, most importantly, it is our policy choice.”

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