High Tech & High Touch Deliver the Child Tax Credit

Interview by Billy Shore

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

In this second episode of Add Passion and Stir’s Child Tax Credit series, we look at how organizations are using technology to make sure eligible families are receiving the credit. With more than 36 million additional children — a majority of whom are Black and Latino — now eligible for the CTC and the credit being distributed as a monthly payment instead of an annual lump sum many changes were required to ensure success of the program.

We spoke with Amanda Renteria, CEO of Code for America, who launched the GetCTC.org portal to make it easier for families to claim their credit and Jimmy Chen, CEO of Propel, the organization behind the Providers app, which allows participants to manage a variety of government benefits, including the CTC, in one place about how they are helping to the credit reach all eligible families.

Resources and Mentions:

Amanada Renteria

Amanda Renteria

Amanda Renteria is CEO at Code For America. Immediately prior to joining Code For America, she was Chairwoman of the Board and Interim President at Emerge America, a non-profit organization that trains Democratic women to run for elected office at all levels of government. She has also served as the Chief of Operations at the California Department of Justice, National Political Director for Secretary Clinton, and the first Latina Chief of Staff in the United States Senate.
Jimmy Chen

Jimmy Chen

Founder and CEO
Jimmy Chen is Founder and CEO at Propel, a software company that aims to fight poverty through technology. They are the creators of the Providers app (previously Fresh EBT), which enables EBT cardholders to manage their benefits, save money through grocery coupons, and find jobs. The app helps more than 2 million low-income Americans each month. Previously, Jimmy worked at Facebook, LinkedIn, and studied Symbolic Systems at Stanford.


Propel builds modern, respectful, effective technology that helps low-income Americans improve their financial health.

At Propel, we believe that tech hasn’t pulled its weight in solving real social problems. While tech alone won’t solve poverty, it can play a much larger role in building safety net services that restore financial health.

We believe that the best way to change the system for low-income Americans is to build a thriving business that aligns our incentives: a system where our business grows if and only if we help more low-income Americans improve their financial health.

Code For America

Code for America believes government at all levels can and should work well for all people. They use insights and ideas from real people to guide us to real solutions that break down barriers to meet community needs and improve government in meaningful ways.  


Providers (formerly Fresh EBT) is the #1 rated EBT app for checking your food stamp balance. Plus, you can now manage other benefits and income with Providers Card, our new, free debit account.

Join the 5 million people who use Providers to manage their EBT, WIC, SSI, unemployment, other benefits, and debit. Providers is available in all 50 states.

Get Your Child Tax Credit

To provide the Advance Child Tax Credit payments, the IRS needs to know current information about you and your children. If you have submitted a 2019 or a 2020 tax return, or if you used the IRS Non-filer Portal in 2020 to claim your stimulus payments, then the IRS has enough information to send your family your Advance Child Tax Credit payments automatically. If you have not submitted any information to the IRS in the last year, you can submit your information through GetCTC, a simplified tax filing portal, and get your payments.