Senator Heather Gustafson encourages families to take advantage of new Child Tax Credit    

ST. PAUL, Minn. — As tax season gets underway, Senator Heather Gustafson (DFL-Vadnais Heights) is highlighting the new national leading Child Tax Credit and encouraging families to file to claim it.  

“In the 2023 session we passed historic tax cuts for middle class families in Minnesota, but a standout among them all is the new Child Tax Credit that provides $1,750 per child,” said Senator Gustafson. “If all eligible families claim this credit, we could cut child poverty in Minnesota by one-third. This money goes back into family’s pockets to help with childcare costs, grocery bills, school supplies, and all the other expenses that go along with raising children.” 

The Child Tax Credit is a refundable credit, meaning individuals can receive a refund even if they do not owe income tax.  

“Minnesota is one of the best states in the nation to raise a family, and I want to keep it that way by investing in our children. We have already seen the early successes of universal school meals, and this tax credit is one more way to help Minnesota families find economic stability and build a strong future for themselves and community.”

The legislature also invested in enhanced filing assistance through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Minnesotans may qualify for free tax return preparation through VITA or AARP Tax-Aide. Go to to learn more. 

Senator Heather Gustafson represents Senate District 36 which includes Centerville, Circle Pines, Lino Lakes, North Oaks, Vadnais Heights, and White Bear Lake. She is vice chair of the Education Finance Committee, and serves on the Agriculture, Broadband, and Rural Development Committee and the Jobs and Economic Development Committee.

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