The Child Tax Credit was expanded to $3,600 in 2021!
*If you received monthly payments (usually half of the total shown above) in 2021, subtract those payments from this estimate to know how much to expect on your refund (in Line 28 on your Form 1040).
Even if you didn't make any money, you can still claim the Child Tax Credit.
You do not need to have earned income in 2021 to claim your CTC payments. In fact, most families with a child under age 18 are eligible for the full payments ($3,600 for children 0-5 and $3,000 per children 6-17).
Undocumented parents qualify
for the Child Tax Credit too.
File with your ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number) and your child(ren)'s social security number to claim the Child Tax Credit with your refund.
If you don't have an ITIN yet, you can get one in 2021 and use it to file. If that's you, then please submit a Form 4868 to "file an extension" on your taxes wiht the IRS so that you can extend your deadlin euntil October 17th, 2022 to complete this process.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Who's eligible for Child Tax Credits?
Anyone who can claims a dependent that is a "qualifying child" under age 17 on their 2021 tax return. Most families will qualify for the maximum value of the credit which is:
$3,600 for children ages 5 and under at the end of 2021; and
$3,000 for children ages 6 through 17 at the end of 2021.
The credit does get smaller once your income exceeds the following thresholds:
$75,000 if you are a single filer or are married and filing a separate return.
$112,500 if filing as head of household; or
$150,000 if married and filing a joint return or if filing as a qualifying widow or widower
Does my child need a SSN?
Yes, your child must have a Social Security number to qualify for the Child Tax Credit. But you (the parent or relative claiming the child) do not need a Social Security number—you can file with an ITIN.
I didn't receive all of my CTC payments in 2021, will I still get my credit payments?
Yes! In fact, you will get back any of the Child Tax Credit money you missed in 2021 or are still owed. It will show up on your 2021 Tax Return on Line 28 on your Form 1040.
Being a new parent is hard, but filing your taxes shouldn't be.
We're here to guide you through, making sure you receive your maximum tax credits ($8,500) for the 2021 tax year!