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  • Child benefit payments will start being dispersed to U.S. families in July.
  • The Internal Revenue Service will begin dispensing monthly payments of $300 per child under 6 and $250 per child older than 6 to families who qualify.
  • The new benefit, which stems from the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package Democrats passed in March, expands on an already existing one.

Close to 39 million U.S. families will begin to receive child benefit payments in July from the Biden administration’s new benefit under the coronavirus relief bill. 

On July 15, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will begin dispensing monthly payments of $300 per child under 6 and $250 per child older than 6 to families who qualify. These benefits will be dispersed to families through direct deposit, paper check or debit card, every month on the 15th, or, if it is a weekend or a holiday, the closest available day to the 15th. 


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The benefit stems from the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package Democrats passed in March, which expanded on a $2,000-per-child benefit to make it $3,600 per child under the age of 6 and $3,000 per child older than 6. The expansion also provides benefit coverage to additional families who previously didn’t qualify due to low incomes.

Families or parents who earn a high income will receive lower benefits or no benefits, determined by their income. Individual parents with a gross income of more than $75,000 and couples with a combined income of more than $150,000 will receive smaller benefits. 

The Biden administration believes the benefits will affect more than 65 million children, or 88 percent of all U.S. children.

“With two parents, two kids, that’s $7,200 in the pockets you’re getting to help take care of your family,” President Biden told Congress in April. “And that will help more than 65 million children and help cut childcare poverty in half, and we can afford it.”

Republicans have expressed concern that the adjusted benefits will remove incentive for parents to work and political repercussions for implementing the new plan are expected.


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Published on May 17, 2021