Payments to families with children were slated to begin appearing in Douglas County mailboxes and bank accounts last week.

About 43,200 households in Oregon’s Fourth Congressional District will benefit from the payments, which are part of the American Rescue Plan pandemic relief package.

Those households include 90.4% of the district’s children.

Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Springfield, said the payments are a welcome aid to Southwest Oregon families.

“These payments will lift nearly 8,600 children out of poverty in my congressional district alone,” DeFazio said. “They will help families put food on the kitchen table, pay their bills, and pay for childcare services. The pandemic has hit working families hard, but thanks to the American Rescue Plan, which I strongly supported and helped make law, help is on the way.”

The payments, of $300 a month per child for children 5 and under and $250 a month per child 6 to 17 years old will continue through December, with additional money received after families file their tax returns.

The total benefit is $3,600 per child for children 5 and under and $3,000 per child for children 6 to 17 years old.

Additional tax credit money will be received by families after they file their 2021 tax returns.

Families with single filers earning less than $75,000 a year and married filing jointly earning less than $150,000 are eligible for the payments.

Most families will receive them automatically.

Those who filed tax returns in 2019 or 2020 or signed up to receive a stimulus check from the IRS will get the money automatically.

People who received their tax refunds through direct deposit will receive payments in their bank account around the 15th of every month this year. Others will receive them by mail at about the same time.

People who didn’t file tax returns or sign up for stimulus checks will have to sign up online to receive the child tax credit. Families can check their status or sign up at IRS.gov.

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at ccegavske@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4213.

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Carisa Cegavske is the senior reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at ccegavske@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4213. Follow her on Twitter @carisa_cegavske

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TDK

When does this end? The fact is that there are tons of jobs available, not only in Douglas County, but also nationwide. Inflation will continue to increase as long as there is a shortage in goods produced as well as trucking availability. In addition, skyrocketing energy costs are hurting low income as well as middle. Biggest problem is enabling people to want to stay home instead of working by giving them money. I encourage folks that believe that Joe Biden and Peter DeFazio are geniuses and genuinely care about you and study the history of Sweden's downturn to socialism and get honest about what is happening. You don't even need to make this partisan. Just look around at what is in front of you.

CitizenJoe

TDK, shorter version: "Are there no prisons? And the workhouses? Are they still in operation?"

"We know from the experiences of peer countries from Great Britain to Spain to Germany to Canada that child allowances can slash child poverty dramatically, and, as a consequence of reducing poverty, improve child health, increase parents’ time with their kids, and perhaps even raise incomes and extend life spans down the road for children who benefited."

https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/22543868/biden-child-tax-credit-july-15-monthly-payment

Wretched722

DeFazio hasn't done one thing for years....just takes money and tries to act like he really cares....

CitizenJoe

Wretched, you are right, he hasn't done *one* thing--he's done many, many important things to benefit his constituents (and that includes you)--and the rest of this nation, for now and for the future.

I invite you to go to his website. I invite you to use his constituent services for help dealing with any problem you might ever have with a federal agency.

Peter DeFazio is as effective Representative as could be possible.

https://defazio.house.gov/

https://defazio.house.gov/media-center/press-releases

https://defazio.house.gov/legislation

And, especially:

https://defazio.house.gov/issues

mworden

It's not always easy for veterans who were injured in combat to cut through the red tape at the VA in order to get the benefits they earned. This is especially true of vets with traumatic brain injury and those with post traumatic stress disorder. If we'd jumped through every hoop and still gotten nowhere, then Pete Defazio helped when we had nowhere else to turn. He does really care, Wretched. He cares about the most wretched among us.

CitizenJoe

mworden: yes. DeFazio's constituent services staff work hard for all his constituents, but they work particularly effectively for veterans.

NJ

(psst, now you're just trolling with no intention of finding out the truth)

CitizenJoe

Thank you, Carisa and the rest of the News-Review, for publishing this.

Lifting children out of poverty is one of the best things we can do for the future. It will improve their health, longevity, education, productivity, and happiness--theirs and for generations to come. For all of us, actually.

I do hope that every reader here will take a few moments to think about people they know, who might not be aware of these benefits; the benefits are automatic for people who filed federal income taxes in the last two years, but some of the people most desperately in need may not have recently filed, and not know about the benefits at all.

Help your friends and neighbors! Let them know. Carisa kindly posted the link to the IRS.

And: I think it would be great if the News-Review would talk to a lot of families who have been impacted. Many of them will really begin to feel it as they get their kids ready for a return to school. Others will feel it the next time they need groceries.

mworden

[thumbup] for Joe's comment and article.

MollyP

I concur with CitizenJoe!

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