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What Boston Needs To Know About The Child Tax Credit Payments12:30
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This photo shows an IRS W-4 form on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, in New York. Workers are starting to see more take-home pay as employers implement the new withholding guidelines from the IRS. How much extra cash depends on several factors, such as workers' income, how often they are paid and the number of withholdings allowances they claim on their IRS Form W-4 with their employer. (AP Photo/Barbara Woike)
This photo shows an IRS W-4 form on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, in New York. Workers are starting to see more take-home pay as employers implement the new withholding guidelines from the IRS. How much extra cash depends on several factors, such as workers' income, how often they are paid and the number of withholdings allowances they claim on their IRS Form W-4 with their employer. (AP Photo/Barbara Woike)

The first monthly child tax credit payments are going out today, and the IRS estimates that roughly 39 million households, which covers around 88% of children in the country, will receive the credit. But what about the families who won't receive a check?

We talk with Dr. Megan Sandel, a pediatrician and co-director of the Grow Clinic at Boston Medical Center and Principal Investigator at Children's Healthwatch, and Victoria Negus, Policy Advocate at the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, about the impact of the checks — or lack thereof — on families in the Commonwealth.

This segment aired on July 15, 2021.

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