Don’t Get Too Used to New Child Tax Credit, Poll Shows

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That’s how few registered voters support making the newly expanded child tax credit permanent, according to a new survey—a sign of just how tough it may be for the president to get Congress to authorize the same changes for future years.

While 54% of registered voters surveyed by Morning Consult and Politico this past weekend either “strongly” or “somewhat” support the 2021 expansion, only the 35% said they would “definitely” or “probably” want to see it become permanent, and 52% said they definitely or probably do not want it to be permanent. Even the gap among registered Democrats is similar: 75% said they supported this year’s changes, but just 55% want it to stay that way. President Joe Biden has proposed keeping the expanded version through at least 2025.

The 2021 expansion of the federal child tax credit, one of the most notable pandemic relief measures in Biden’s signature American Rescue Plan, increased the maximum amount of the credit to $3,600 from $2,000 per child and expanded the scope of eligibility so even those with little or no income are eligible for the full amount. It also instituted paying part of the credit in monthly installments rather than at tax time. Families with nearly 60 million eligible children got the first of those payments on July 15.

While most eligible taxpayers will get the child tax credit automatically each month, those who don’t file taxes—often because they don’t earn enough—must register to receive it. As part of a publicity campaign to get the word out about the IRS’s online sign-up tool for non-filers, the IRS has scheduled a new round of awareness events in cities around the country this Friday and Saturday.