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.

Child Tax Credit

The Child Tax Credit (CTC) has been expanded for 2021.

  • Non-tax filers, including those with no or very little income, are now eligible for the credit.
  • The credit amounts have been increased to $3,600 per child under 6 at $3,000 per child age 6-17 for most families.
  • Some families will receive advance monthly payments of the credit during the last 6 months of 2021. They will claim the other half of their credit when they file their 2021 tax return in 2022.
  • Families who haven’t been receiving the advance payments can claim the full credit by filing a 2021 tax return in 2022.

Who is eligible for the 2021 Child Tax Credit?

  • Families qualify for the maximum credit amount if their income for 2021 is up to:
    • $150,000 for those filing as married filing jointly
    • $112,500 for those filing as head of household
    • $75,000 for all other filers
  • A child qualifies your family for the 2021 CTC if:
    • The child is your son, daughter, grandchild, stepchild or adopted child; younger sibling, step-sibling, half-sibling, or their descendent; or a foster child placed with you by a government agency; and
    • The child is under age 18 at the end of 2021; and
    • The child has a valid Social Security Number; and
    • The child lived with you in the United States for more than half of 2021; and
    • The child did not provide over half of their own support for 2021.
  • Individuals who do not have Social Security Numbers but who have qualifying children with Social Security Numbers can receive the 2021 Child Tax Credit.

How much money will families receive through the advance monthly payments?

  • A family enrolled in the advance payments will receive half of their 2021 Child Tax Credit through the advance payments. They will claim the other half of the credit when they file their 2021 tax return.

How does a family enroll in the advance monthly payments?

  • Families who have already filed tax returns for 2019 or 2020 and who used the IRS Non-Filer Tool in 2020 to sign up for stimulus checks will automatically be enrolled in the advance payments.
    • If you should have been enrolled automatically but weren’t, contact us at (888) 553-9777 or help@getmypaymentil.org.
  • Families who have not filed tax returns for 2019 or 2020 by this point will need to wait until 2022 to file a 2021 tax return to claim the full credit.

What if my income has changed from last year, my address has changed, or I have a new child?

  • You should use the Child Tax Credit Update Portal (CTC UP) on the IRS website to let the IRS know about changes to your situation.
  • The IRS is updating the CTC Update Portal over time:
    • Right now, you can use the CTC Update Portal to:
      • Provide or update your direct deposit information
      • Update your mailing address
      • Update your income
      • Check if you’re enrolled to receive advance payments
      • Unenroll to stop getting advance payments
    • Later this year, the IRS projects that you will be able to:
      • Update the number of qualifying children
      • Change your marital status
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