IRS Child Tax Credit Information

New IRS tool allows families to check their eligibility for a child tax credit.

On June 24, 2021, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) encouraged families to take advantage of the Advance Child Tax Credit Eligibility Assistant, a new online tool available in both English and Spanish. By answering a series of questions, a family member can quickly determine whether their family qualifies for the Child Tax Credit and special monthly advance payments, which become available beginning July 15, 2021, and run monthly through December 15, 2021.
The Advance Child Tax Credit Eligibility Assistant can help families who receive little or no income and do not normally file a federal tax return to decide whether they should take the next step and register for the Child Tax Credit payments.
The IRS also created an Advance Child Tax Credit Payments in 2021 page designed to provide up-to-date information about the credit and the advance payments. In addition to a link to the Child Tax Credit Eligibility Assistant, the page also links to:
  • The Non-filer Sign-up Tool, which is available to help those who are eligible but have not filed a 2019 or 2020 federal income tax return to register for the monthly Advance Child Tax Credit Payments. The tool also helps eligible individuals who don’t normally file tax returns to register for the $1,400 third round of Economic Impact Payments and claim the Recovery Rebate Credit for any amount of the first two rounds of Economic Impact Payments that they may have missed.
  • The Child Tax Credit Update Portal, which enables anyone deemed eligible for advance payments to see that they are eligible and the option to opt out of the advance payment program. The payment will be up to $300 per month for each child under age 6 and up to $250 per month for each child age 6 through 17. The dates for the Advance Child Tax Credit Payments are July 15, Aug. 13, Sept. 15, Oct. 15, Nov. 15 and Dec. 15.
  • To learn more, please visit irs.gov.
    The tax information contained herein is for informational purposes only. You should consult your financial adviser or attorney regarding your individual circumstances.
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