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Illinoisans Could Be Eligible For Thousands of Dollars in Newly Available Stimulus Funds

CHICAGO, Feb. 23, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Individuals and families in Illinois are eligible for thousands of dollars from the government via temporary increases to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC), but need to file their 2021 taxes to receive the benefits. Many people who don't normally earn enough to file taxes don't realize they are still eligible for these stimulus dollars. The Get My Payment IL Coalition is helping make the process easier by connecting individuals and families to free tax-filing resources and helping them understand their benefit eligibility, as well as providing grants of $15,000-$20,000 to community organizations in Illinois that directly serve eligible populations.

Congress passed the American Rescue Plan in March 2021, which included one-time increases in the EITC and CTC and expanded eligibility to individuals who were previously ineligible. Although Congress has not extended these benefits beyond the 2021 tax year, millions of dollars of benefits are just kicking in for parents of minors, childless workers, and very low-income individuals.

The Get My Payment IL Coalition has granted $15,000-$20,000 each to five community-based organizations around the state that directly serve populations eligible for these increased government benefits.

"Early in the pandemic, we learned that many of the low-income families we serve lack the technology and hands-on assistance to access tax filing resources. Supporting community organizations with training, capacity building, and capital, will help us connect all Illinois children to a crucial antipoverty lifeline. Grantees have close connections to communities," said Barbara Martinez, Manager of Asset-Building Programs, Heartland Human Care Services.

"We are excited to support a variety of organizations, each with a unique approach to reaching and assisting families to receive all available tax credits. These organizations will be reaching low-income communities across the state from new mothers, to families of school-age children, to those experiencing homelessness," said Anna Phelan, head of the Get My Payment IL hotline.

The following organizations received grants:

Press Contact: Danielle Chynoweth, 217-721-7223, [email protected]

Press Contact: Irais Flores Medina, 773-733-5055, [email protected]

Press Contact: Andrew Gaddy, 901-848-1392, [email protected]

Press Contact: Trish O'Shaughnessy, 309-696-3406, [email protected]

Press Contact: Craig Beintema, 815-235-8353, [email protected]

The Get My Payment IL Coalition's website connects individuals to free online tax-filing services and provides guides to help make the process easier, especially for those who may not have filed taxes in the past. The website also includes information in Spanish, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, and Chinese. For those who do not have internet access, a telephone hotline is available at 888-553-9777 in English and Spanish. Additionally, the Coalition can share necessary tax forms and instructions for paper filing.

To learn more about tax credit eligibility and where to get free tax-filing resources, visit GetMyPaymentIL.org. Experts are available to help via the free telephone hotline at 888-553-9777.


About the Get My Payment IL Coalition
In 2020, several nonprofit organizations came together as the Get My Payment IL Coalition to help ensure more low-income Illinoisans are able to receive their stimulus checks and to receive these funds more quickly. In 2021, the coalition expanded their work to focus on helping more Illinoisans access newly available monthly Child Tax Credit payments and other temporary stimulus-related increased tax credits. The Coalition comprises the Economic Awareness Council, New America Chicago, Heartland Alliance, and Heartland Human Care Services. The Coalition works with governmental, private and nonprofit partners, including libraries, food pantries and banks, to help increase awareness and accessibility.

Media Contact

Valentina Perez Botero, Heartland Alliance, 3128487384, [email protected]


SOURCE Get My Payment IL Coalition

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