Child Tax Credit

DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) — Starting Thursday, thousands of parents and guardians across central North Carolina will be receiving monthly Child Tax Credit checks from the federal government.

“Some people look at it as handouts, but when you just want to feed your child and just have the lights on when you walk in the house — you just want to have some security that what you’re working toward is coming into fruition… it helps,” said Durham mother Edwina Barbee.

Barbee is thankful for the American Rescue Plan check scheduled to hit her bank account this week. Especially after being laid off for 8 months until getting a new job as a bank teller just before the pandemic hit.

She and her 4-year-old are relying mostly on her sole income to get by.

“It’s hard because it’s like you have to play the role of mother and father. If it wasn’t for my parents, it would have been harder without my support system,” said Barbee.

36 million families nationwide qualify for the credit, which is part of the American Rescue Plan Act passed in March.

Under the program:

  • Families with children between six and 17 could get up to $250 a month for each child.
  • Parents and guardians with children under the age of six will get up to $300 a month for each child.
  • Single adults with kids making less than 75,000 a year will get the full amount.
  • Married couples making less than $150,000 a year will get the full credit.

Child tax credit calculator: How much could you receive?

Chapel Hill couple Anna and Brian Carper know exactly how they will spend those federal child tax credits the two have three children under the age of seven.

“They eat a lot and they need clothes, books. Even if you’re keeping things basic they are really expensive,” said Anna Carper.

While dad is working and studying at Duke, mom is homeschooling.

Last week, they told ABC11 the extra money will also go towards keeping the kids active this summer.

“We can go out in the community and support the community with a little bit of extra money in our pockets,” said Brian Carper.

Barbee is using the extra cash to pay bills, feed and clothe her son.

Three hundred dollars each month, for the next six months, starting this Thursday.

“It’s a blessing. That’s all I can say. I just can’t put it in any other words. It’s a blessing. It’s really going to help,” said Barbee.

NCDP Blasts Republicans’ Silence In New Video Following Mark Robinson’s Offensive Rhetoric

Today marks one week since Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson spoke at the NC GOP Convention and still not a single Republican has condemned his divisive and hateful rhetoric. Today, NCDP released a video calling on members of the NC GOP to condemn Robinson’s speech.


“Folks always like to ask me, the very first thing they like to ask me is ‘Well, you talk about standing up for the unborn. ‘What about in cases of rape or incest?’…That’s not any of my concern. That is Darwin.”

“Once you make a baby, it’s not your body anymore.”

“I do not fall for this whole transgender delusion.”

“As the great Martin Luther King Jr. once said ‘it may well be that we will have to repent in this generation, not merely for the vitriolic words and the violent actions of the bad people…but for the appalling silence and indifference of the good people’ and I refuse to be silent,” said NCDP Chair Bobbie Richardson. “While Republicans are too busy pandering to a former president, asserting control over a pregnant woman’s body, and comparing rape to natural selection – Democrats will continue to fight for the dignity and rights of every North Carolinian. We will call out Mark Robinson for his disgusting language. Will the GOP?”

Earlier this week it was reported that spokespeople for the state GOP didn’t respond to requests for comment Tuesday, or for requests Monday and Tuesday for video of the speech.