By Chris Woodward, featuring Carrie Lukas, president of Independent Women’s Forum

The government has begun issuing child tax credit payments, and while some Americans may welcome the money, one mom does not share that sentiment.

While Carrie Lukas, president of the Independent Women’s Forum (IWF), says intentions may be good, she worries that people are increasingly getting used to having regular payments from the government.

“There’s a lot of folks out there who are going to become accustomed to this, and at some point we’ve got to figure out who is paying for this,” she comments. “The truth is that we all are.”

Lukas acknowledges that the money comes at a time when the costs of gasoline, groceries, and other items are rising.

“I’m a mom of five, and if someone sends me a check for $300 or $900, I’m definitely going to say, ‘Boy, I know a million ways I can use this!’ And that’s what makes this really hard,” says Lukas. “A lot of people may think that they can take this money now, and they’re going to be surprised when, come April … that tax refund may not be there, or they may find that they owe more in taxes because they’ve been taking this out.”

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