Underwood Highlights Impact of Coronavirus Pandemic on Illinois Families and Child Care Providers; Urges Families to File Taxes Before May 17 to Receive Child Tax Credit Payments

May 11, 2021
Press Release
Illinois families should file taxes before May 17th to get their payments as soon as possible

Underwood fought to include expanded child tax credits in the American Rescue Plan that will benefit 140,100 children in the 14th District 


WEST CHICAGO– Today, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) released a new video to highlight the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Illinois families and share new resources available to Illinoisans through the American Rescue Plan. The video shows Underwood’s visits to Grace’s Place in Plano and Educare West DuPage to learn how the pandemic has impacted the childcare facilities’ ability to serve Illinois families and the strain the pandemic has placed on working families.  

The American Rescue Plan includes newly expanded Child Tax Credits (CTC) to help families and reduce child poverty. In the 14th District, 140,1000 children will gain benefits from the expanded and improved CTC and families could get monthly payments of up to $300 per child beginning as soon as July. Underwood is urging Illinois families to file their taxes before the May 17th deadline to ensure receipt of the new amount they are entitled to as soon as possible.   

The coronavirus pandemic has put a significant strain on Illinois parents, children, and child care providers. Advance monthly payments of the Child Tax Credit will help set America’s children up for success and put more money in the pockets of parents to pay for child care, food, health care, and more,” said Underwood. “To ensure Illinois families receive payments as soon as possible, I’m urging parents to file a 2020 tax return before May 17th – even if you don’t normally file. This is a critical step to helping Illinois communities recover economically from the pandemic and to support working parents.” 

]Underwood’s new video on the American Rescue Plan can be found here.  

The best way to ensure eligible families receive their payments is to file a 2020 tax return – even if filers don’t have earnings to report or don’t normally file – because the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) needs information from tax returns in order to calculate and issue advance monthly payments. 

Illinois families can find free help preparing and filing their taxes here

  • 140,100 children in the 14th District could benefit from the advance monthly payments. That’s 74.6% of all children in our community. 
  • 43,100 households in the 14th District could get an average total benefit of $2,500.