If you have children under age 18, it’s not too late to claim the 2021 Child Tax Credit, even if you don’t usually file taxes. Be sure to file a 2021 tax return in 2022 to claim the credit, which is worth $3,600 per child under age 6 and $3,000 per child aged 6-17. Learn more here.

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Max amount for individual

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Max amount for eligible dependent

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Max age limit for eligible dependent

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You’ll receive full payment, if you have adjusted gross income (AGI) at or below:

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  • $75,000 for individuals
  • $112,500 for individuals filing as head of household
  • $150,000 for married couples filing jointly or filing as a widow or widower

You’ll get a reduced payment, if you have adjusted gross income (AGI) up to:

  • $99,000 for individuals
  • $136,500 for individuals filing as head of household
  • $198,000 for married couples filing jointly or filing as a widow or widower

in Round 1

  • $99,000 for individuals
  • $136,500 for individuals filing as head of household
  • $198,000 for married couples filing jointly or filing as a widow or widower

in Round 2

  • $80,000 for individuals
  • $120,000 for individuals filing as head of household
  • $160,000 for married couples filing jointly or filing as a widow or widower

in Round 3

Can past-due child support lower the amount of payment?

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If someone can be claimed as a dependent on another’s tax return, they are NOT ELIGIBLE for their own stimulus payment in Round 1, 2 or 3

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Someone who was or is incarcerated IS eligible for Round 1, 2 and 3 stimulus payments

If someone has a Social Security Number, but their spouse does not, they ARE ELIGIBLE for Round 1, 2, and 3 payments (the spouse is NOT)

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If someone does not have any income, they ARE ELIGIBLE for Round 1, 2, and 3

IF they provided more than half of their own financial support the previous year (and cannot be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s return)

How can you claim your stimulus payment now?

File a 2020 tax return and claim the Recovery Rebate Credit to get previous stimulus checks from Round 1 and 2

Round 3 stimulus payments will be issued automatically to individuals who:

  • a) have filed a 2020 or 2019 return,
  • b) successfully used the IRS Non-Filers Tool in 2020 to apply for the first-round payment, or
  • c) receive a Federal benefit such as Social Security, SSI, SSDI, Railroad Retirement, or veterans benefits and who started receiving benefits before January 1, 2021.
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Those who don't receive it this year who are eligible based on their 2021 situation can claim it when they file their 2021 tax return next year.

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