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New Cash Benefit for Kids

Families with children age 0-17 are now eligible for a new cash benefit, thanks to the American Rescue Plan increasing the Child Tax Credit to $3,000 per child age 6-17 and $3,600 per child age 0-5

Most families are automatically receiving monthly payments of $250 or $300 per child without having to take any action because you filed tax returns for 2019 or 2020, or you signed up to receive a stimulus check. 

If you are a parent of a child age 0-17 and are NOT receiving your monthly payment:

  • Call 737-717-4000
     and PRESS 6 to leave a message to schedule an appointment for free help in English or Spanish. 
  • To apply online, press the "Apply Online to Claim Your Cash Benefit" button below to find out if you are eligible and follow the steps to apply.
  • To file your 2020 taxes, see free tax help locations below.
  • Already filed your taxes? Check your return status with the IRS here or here for the IRS mobile app or contact the free tax programs below for help. 

Apply Online to Claim your Cash

If you are a parent of a child age 0-17 and, in 2020, did not earn over $12,400 if filing single or $24,800 if filing married, you may be eligible to file a simplified tax return to claim the monthly cash benefit, even if you don't have tax documents.  Click this button to apply online:

Connect with Free Tax Help in Texas

Tip: Before you call, click on the CITY for locations, hours and details.

Aldine: 713-273-3755 (open through 12/17)
Arlington: 817-461-3936 (open all year!)
Houston: 713-273-3755 (open through 12/17)
San Antonio
Guadalupe Community Center 210-222-2975 (open all year!)
Willie Velasquez 210-207-1711 (open all year!)

Questions? Visit our FAQ page

For official IRS guidance on the Child Tax
Credit, please click here



Our campaign to help Texans claim the expanded Child Tax Credit is generously sponsored by JPMorgan Chase.

RAISE Texas is proud to recognize the partners whose generosity and commitment to supporting Texas families made this campaign possible: