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The IRS made Advanced Child Tax Credit (ACTC) payments from July to December 2021 to some families with children.

Only half of the tax credit was  paid in 2021.

If you got ACTC payments in 2021, filing a 2021 tax return can get your other half of the tax credit.

You will get your refund fastest if you file your return electronically.

If you did not get Tax Credits in the Fall of 2021, you still could be eligible:

  • If you did not get any IRS payments in the Fall of 2021
  • If you were eligible for the credit
  • You can ask for the whole amount now on your 2021 federal tax return.

Who can get this extra tax credit money?

To get a 2021 Child Tax Credit:

  • You have at least one child who was under the age of 18 in 2021.
  • You lived with and supported that child or children for at least half the year.
  • You must meet the income limits:
    • Joint filers can make up to $150,000 (“AGI”1)
    • Single head of households can make up to $112,500 (“AGI”1)
    • Other single filers can make up to $75,000 (“AGI”1)

Finding free help to file taxes electronically

You may qualify for free help to prepare your taxes

Call the "Volunteer Income Tax Assistance" (VITA) program.

Call 1-800-906-9887 to find out what programs are operating in your area.

VITA has trained tax people to help low income people file electronic 2021 tax returns for free.

People who are 60 or older can call the AARP to find out if there is free tax help where you live.

The toll free number is 1-888-227-7669

You can also check  the website for the United Way of Southeast Louisiana.

The United Way works with VITA to help low income taxpayers.

That website is

If you do not need help to file your taxes, one of the free places to file online is at

For more information:

[1] Plus certain foreign earned income or income Puerto Rico or American Samoa.

SLLS is seeking proposals for professional consulting services for a technology and cybersecurity assessment and audit. The consultant will:

  • Complete a technology assessment and audit for SLLS operations. 
  • Complete an information technology (IT) assessment and security audit for SLLS’ operations. 
  • Deliver a report with the vendor/consultant’s findings and recommendations. 
  • Help SLLS develop an implementation plan and relevant information technology practices and policies in response to the recommendations and findings of the assessments and IT security audit. 

This Request for Proposal is made possible from a grant from the Legal Services Corporation Technology Initiative Grant. The estimated upper limit for the vendor portion of this project is $29,495. 

The deadline for submissions of proposals is Monday, March 7, 2022 by 6:00 PM Eastern/5:00PM Central. 

You can view the full request for proposals here.

For questions, please contact:
Lisa J. Stansky
Technology Initiatives and Special Projects Manager Southeast Louisiana Legal Services
504.529.1000 ext. 279