McKee launches program in Newport
NEWPORT — Governor Dan McKee announced details of Rhode Island’s new child tax refund on Tuesday in Newport, a state tax refund of $250 per child for up to three children. He and several other politicians and community leaders made remarks to the press and members of the surrounding community at the Florence Gray Center, which is home to many community and nonprofit organizations located near the Park Holm and Newport Heights neighborhoods in north of Newport.
McKee was joined for the announcement by State Senator Louis DiPalma, State Representative Lauren Carson, Mayor Jeanne-Marie Napolitano, State Tax Administrator Neena S. Savage, Acting Director of the RI’s social services department, Yvette Mendez, and Kathleen Burke, the executive director. of the Newport Partnership for Families.
“Our administration is committed to providing targeted tax relief to Rhodeans as we continue to build on our state’s economic momentum,” McKee said. “Supporting parents and their children with Rhode Island’s new Child Tax Refund is a sensible and essential way to keep our economy growing.”
DiPalma, whose District 12 constituency includes some residents of Newport, Middletown, Little Compton and Tiverton, acknowledged that this rebate was lower than the expanded federal child tax credit offered by the American Rescue Plan Act, but also said : “Far too many Rhode Island families live paycheck to paycheck – and for these families, every dollar counts. This help will make a real difference in people’s lives.
How the Child Tax Refund Program Works
The refund program, which was included in the state budget for fiscal year 23 enacted in June, will provide child tax refunds of $250 per child, up to three children, for individual residents of the Rhode Island earning up to $100,000 and joint filers earning up to $200,000. The program is expected to help nearly 115,000 families across the state.
No application is required and provided an individual’s tax payments are up-to-date and the state-recorded address is accurate, no action is necessary for eligible Rhode Islanders to receive their checks. reimbursement. Checks will be automatically issued to all eligible filers beginning in October 2022. Any Rhode Island resident who declared at least one dependent child under age 18 as of December 31, 2021 on their federal/state tax return of 2021, within certain income thresholds, may qualify.
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Savage said the state’s Division of Taxation is understaffed, alluding to a lack of staff to personally walk people through issues like making sure they have the correct address on file, but strongly encouraged people to visit the state’s purpose-built website (https://tax.ri.gov/ChildTaxRebate2022) for updates and details. She said a tool will soon be available on the site to allow people to track their rebate, which will be delivered as a physical check to the taxpayer’s most recently updated mailing address.
Families and organizations in Newport are grateful for the support
“Since its inception in 1990, Newport Partnership for Families has been rooted in connecting with nonprofit members to collectively address issues affecting children and parents,” Burke said. “We are grateful for the Child Tax Refund, funds that will allow families to provide that little extra for their child or catch up on bills – every dollar counts.”
Marisa Portillo, a local mother of four who works as a family navigator at Conexión Latina Newport, delivered prepared remarks first in Spanish and then in English. When she got a little nervous, the crowd rose to applause, clearly in favor of hearing a voice from the local community speak alongside the governor.
She expressed her support for the tax refund, explaining that when her husband lost his job as a contractor at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the family would have fallen behind on the bills if they had not received help. Federal aid, and relying on food pantries was not an option for them because two of her children have severe food allergies.
“We will finally be able to catch up on our debts and pay for food, medicine and household supplies with that extra $750,” Portillo said.
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North End lawyer Pauline Perkins-Moye encouraged state dignitaries in attendance to knock on doors, visit community centers and directly engage townspeople to inform them of the program and ensure that all eligible recipients fully benefit from the discount.
“I really believe in being in the community and walking the streets – nothing beats failure but trying,” Perkins-Moye said.
She also acknowledged the program’s benefits, countering the notion that $250 per child wasn’t all that important in today’s bloated economy, telling the Daily News, “When you don’t have potatoes earth, you manage with the peelings.
She pointed out that while $250 might not be a lot of money in the grand scheme of things, anyone eligible for reimbursement was unlikely to turn it down.