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2021 Child Tax Credit: Easy Qualifying for Parents

Raising kids can be expensive, and the Child Tax Credit is here to help.  President Biden’s American Rescue Plan increased the amount of the 2021 Child Tax Credit to support families with children.

The full benefit of the Child Tax Credit is now $300 per month per child under age 6 and $250 for each child age 6 to 17.

Eligibility: Most families, even those with little to no income, can receive the full amount. If you are a single parent making less than $112,500 or a married couple making less than $150,000—and have children under age 18 who will live with you for more than half of 2021 — you are likely eligible for the full benefit. These benefits do not affect your eligibility for other federal benefits like SNAP.

Click here to view flyer:  Child-Tax-Credit

Click here to visit the site:  ChildTaxCredit.gov

 

LIHEAP Energy Fair – Stuart, FL

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Representatives from The Agricultural and Labor Program, Inc. will be present to accept and process the first 100 applications, each day. 

Date:   Tuseday, July 13, 2021 | Time: 1 pm to 5 pm |  Location:  Port Salerno Church of God, 4605 SE Cove Rd.  |  Stuart, FL 34997
Date:   Wednesday, July 14, 2021 | Time: 9 am to 1 pm |  Location:  Port Salerno Church of God, 4605 SE Cove Rd.  |  Stuart, FL 34997

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federal program that provides critical home heating and cooling help to millions of vulnerable American families. When struggling families can afford energy, they remain in their homes, children are stable in school and seniors and veterans maintain access to service providers.

Click here to view flyers:  English  |  Espanol

COVID-19 Vaccination Event in Winter Haven, FL

Are you, or someone you know, in need of the COVID-19 vaccine? Central Florida Health Care has partnered with First Missionary Baptist Church of Winter Haven to host a vaccine event on Thursday, July 8, 2021, with a follow up 2nd dose on Thursday, August 5, 2021. Appointments are required, so call ahead.

COVID-19 Vaccination Event in Winter Haven, FL

Are you, or someone you know, in need of the COVID-19 vaccine? Central Florida Health Care has partnered with First Missionary Baptist Church of Winter Haven to host a vaccine event on Thursday, July 8, 2021, with a follow up 2nd dose on Thursday, August 5, 2021. Appointments are required, so call ahead.

Regarding COVID-19 Vaccinations

The CAPLAW’s most recent bulletin to all CAA’s advises on employment policies and practices regarding COVID vaccinations (“VAX”), especially for those CAA employers who can and decide to require the VAX for all employees as a condition of employment, which with some CAA’s by implication include visitors, clients, and attendees at meetings of Boards of Directors, and HS/EHS Councils, etc.  The Bulletin and guidance of CAPLAW is available via this LINK

ALPI still conducts Board meetings virtually but may in the near future return to meetings in-person.  This edition of The Corner is to provide you with CAPLAW’s most recent advice on these issues.  This is especially important due to the Bylaws of the corporation and the councils regarding quorum requirements.  Members of the Board and Councils may be missing meetings due to the various effects of the pandemic, timing of their VAX, or fears thereof.

In Florida, due to the Governor’s orders and opinions, the partisan political climate, and due to conflicting guidances from various government entities, there is no specific coherent requirement that ALPI return to in-person meetings at this time.  CAPLAW advises to, “Check state and local laws to determine whether you may ask employees for proof of vaccination …”  The Governor’s order prohibits VAX “passports” by businesses engaged in local, interstate and even international commerce.  That order is not law and is subject to litigation by the cruise ship industry and others.  So far, it has not been interpreted or applied by a court.

Therefore, read and keep in mind the attached information and await further guidance and decisions.

The Child Tax Credit: There Is Money On The Table for Head Start Families

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Rescue Plan provides historic investments in children and families, including the largest ever Child Tax Credit.

What You Need to Know

The American Rescue Plan raised the maximum Child Tax Credit in 2021 to $3,600 for qualifying children under the age of 6 and to $3,000 per child for qualifying children between ages 6 and 17, or up to $300 per month and up to $250 per month, respectively. Before 2021, the credit was worth up to $2,000 per eligible child and 17-year-olds did not qualify for the credit.

Eligible families will begin receiving monthly payments on July 15, 2021. It’s critical that families make sure they have filed taxes or used the Non-filer Sign-up Tool by then.

As a provision of the American Rescue Plan, this change to the Child Tax Credit is not permanent. Decision makers in Washington would like to keep this increase in years to come, but will not be able to do so without demonstrated interest from families.

What You Need to Do

If you’ve filed tax returns for 2019 or 2020, or if you signed up to receive a stimulus check from the Internal Revenue Service, you will get this tax relief automatically.

If you did not file taxes in 2020 or 2019, which may be the case for some income-eligible Head Start families, you are still eligible. You must use the Child Tax Credit Non-filer Sign-up Tool to enroll.

Carefully check your mail for anything from the IRS and encourage friends and neighbors to do the same. The IRS is mailing letters to non-filer households in the upcoming weeks to ensure families are aware of the steps they need to take to start receiving the increased benefit.

Resources to learn more:

The White House: Child Tax Credit

Executive Order Expands Vaccine Eligibility

On Monday, Governor DeSantis issued a new executive order expanding eligibility of the vaccine to now include: 

  • Long-term care facility residents and staff
  • Persons 65 years of age and older
  • Health care personnel with direct patient contact
  • K-12 school employees 50 years of age and older
  • Sworn law enforcement officers 50 years of age and older
  • Firefighters 50 years of age and older
  • In addition to hospital providers, licensed physicians, ARNP and pharmacists may also vaccinate persons whom they deem to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19. The health department released a form for medical providers to fill out to authorize the vaccine. 

FEMA is using Lake Maude Recreation Park (1790 7th Street NE, Winter Haven) to distribute vaccines daily, now until Tuesday, March 9 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. No registration is required at this walk-up site. Those interested must meet current patient criteria as established by the state. This site will re-open 21 days later (March 24) for a 7-day window to administer second dose vaccinations. The anticipated number of daily vaccinations at the site is 500. Please note the City is providing the location, but the operations are managed entirely by FEMA.  Bring proof of employment. 

TECO Grants $1 Million in Bill Credits for January 2021

To help the community during this unprecedented PAST year, Tampa Electric and TECO Peoples Gas are granting $1 million in bill credits to customers in need. A one-time $85 BILL CREDIT will appear on JANUARY bills for residential customers who have received certain federal low-income assistance during 2020. Read more below.

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