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Free assistance available to help eligible families qualify for Advance Child Tax Credit payments

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – Eligible families will begin to receive Advance Child Tax Credit payments starting July 15, but some may need to take additional steps in order to qualify.

For those who did not file a tax return for 2019 or 2020, the Coastal Bend Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Coalition will be providing free assistance on Saturday, July 10, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Goodwill Industries of South Texas' corporate offices (2961 S Port Avenue, across the parking lot from their Port store in Corpus Christi). Volunteers will help families submit their information to the IRS to qualify for the Advance Child Tax Credit and Economic Impact payments.

Those attending the event who have tax filing obligations but have not filed a 2019 or 2020 tax return should bring all required tax documents with them, including their photo ID and Social Security cards for all persons noted on the tax return.

For those not required to file a tax return, please be prepared to provide your:

  • Full name
  • Current mailing address
  • Email address
  • Date of birth
  • Valid Social Security numbers (or other taxpayer IDs) for you and your dependents
  • Bank account number, type and routing number, if you have one
  • Identity Protection Personal Identification Number (IP PIN) you received from the IRS earlier this year, if you have one

For more information about the Advance Child Tax Credit, visit For more information about the VITA program and United Way of the Coastal Bend, visit