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With few payments left, some Minnesota parents hope expanded child tax credit is continued

As the latest payment hits bank accounts Friday, many poor families could be missing out


October 15, 2021

For Brihanna Sims and her 7-year-old daughter, the monthly $250 payments that started showing up in her bank account in July have meant stability and piano lessons.

The Osseo Area Schools bus driver said the expanded federal child tax credit has allowed her daughter to participate in extracurricular activities for the first time. "You don't want your kid to miss out," Sims said. "Having to say no because we just don't have the money, it hurts."

The extra money also helped cover their rent when she couldn't scrape together enough money in the lull between summer - when changes due to COVID meant she only got a third of her usual work hours - and the start of school.


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