September child tax credit payments missing for some

Shavaun Tringali continued to wait six days after the scheduled September 15 payment for responses regarding his missing $ 250 child tax credit.

Roseville’s mother hopes to see the monthly payment soon. But she has absolutely no idea what went wrong and if or when the money will get there.

Tringali, 38, received the July advance payment by check in the mail for her 15-year-old daughter, Chloe Fink.

She then went online, as suggested by the Internal Revenue Service, to update her bank account information in order to receive future direct deposit payments.

And that money was deposited into his bank account in August. All good.

As for September? Nothing. Zipper. Nada.

“This one, I guess it’s in the air,” she said.

Tringali and her husband Markus Tringali have just recovered their finances after going through several months of unemployment after the pandemic struck in 2020 and many businesses closed.

He works for an automotive supplier; she works as a laboratory assistant in a urology practice in St. Clair Shores.

It took three months, she said, before they received unemployment benefit last year, so they were already behind on their bills once the unemployment money first arrived. times.

Now they could use that child tax credit money to help cover their daughter’s school expenses.

They also just bought a car, so the extra money they are entitled to based on their income would help their overall budget.

“It’s a pretty messed up situation,” Tringali said.

Where is the money?No resolution emerged in sight for many upset families who still did not know what happened to their child tax credit money on Tuesday.

Frustrated families noted that back-to-school expenses – including clothing and sports expenses – were in full swing, but the money that was supposed to help was nowhere to be found.

A 47-year-old father of three was trying to figure out what happened to the $ 500 he expected.

He was unable to obtain any information by viewing the IRS online portal.

He called the Internal Revenue Service and sat on hold once for 45 minutes, finally spoke with someone but still had no idea what was wrong with the due September payment .

The North Carolina family received a check for $ 500 in the mail for their two children in July.

An older son turns 18 this month and does not receive an advance on credit.

They received $ 500 in August by direct deposit, after the father provided bank account information using an online IRS tool.

Now “nothing,” said the father.

“I can budget for that when you know he won’t be there,” he told me over the phone.

“You told me it was going to be there – and it’s not there.”

The man asked that his name not be used because he did not want customers to know about his financial situation.

He said the family lives on one paycheck.

His wife is an unpaid caregiver for his mother who had a stroke and homeschool the children.

He’s upset that the IRS hasn’t explained the extent of the problem plaguing many families – or given a timeline for when people might expect the child tax credit to be prepaid.

“Just say ‘We fucked up, but your money will be in your account on the 25th,’ he said.

Child tax credit money mattersAdvance monthly payments, which officially began in July, are not small amounts of money for many families.

Many might consider an additional $ 450 per month or more, depending on family size and the ages of the children.

Millions of eligible families currently receive up to $ 300 per month for each eligible child aged 5 and under and up to $ 250 per month for children aged 6 to 17.

Monthly payments are from July to December.

About 39 million households – covering 88% of children in the United States – were to start receiving monthly payments from July with no further action required, according to an earlier IRS release.

The credit was extended as part of the US bailout, which became law in March.

As for the last bug? The IRS did not share many details.

At the end of September 17, the IRS made a statement to the Free Press: “We are aware of cases where some people have not yet received their September payments, although they did receive payments in July and August.

The IRS continued, “These individuals may not yet be able to receive a current status update on the portal.

The IRS is currently reviewing this situation and we will share more information as soon as possible. “

The IRS didn’t detail what went wrong or indicate how many people still haven’t received their September payment as expected. No further information was provided.

As of Sept. 17, the IRS said it had successfully delivered the “third monthly cycle of approximately 35 million child tax credits with a total value of approximately $ 15 billion.”

While it is good that so many families have received the loan money in advance and received it on time, it is also essential to point out errors and slips along the way.

So many families have told me that they don’t feel like they are being heard and are worried that perhaps their situation will drag on even longer if the confusions are not made public.

The next monthly payments are scheduled for October 15, November 15 and December 15.

Families who do not receive all of the money they are entitled to in 2021 will be able to claim the credit when they file their 2021 federal income tax return next year.

But again, waiting months for the money doesn’t help cover the bills that have piled up during the pandemic.

Some families say that the monthly advance payments have been helpful in covering costs like gasoline, utilities and food – and they prefer not to wait another six months or so to get their money back.

Contact Susan Tompor via [email protected]

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