Last updated 10/1/2021
The Child Tax Credit is a refundable tax credit for families with qualifying children or dependents. It may be able to help your family maximize your refund and keep more of your hard-earned money.
How much could I receive through the Child Tax Credit?
Families will receive $3,000 per child for children over the age of 6 and $3,600 per child for children under the age of 6.
Who is eligible for the Child Tax Credit?
Your family is eligible for the credit 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.
- Was under 17 at the end of 2020.
- Has a valid Social Security Number.
- Lived with you for more than half of 2021.
- Did not provide over half of their own support for 2021.
All eligible families will receive the full credit if they make up to $150,000 for a couple or $112,500 for a single parent. Families with higher incomes may receive a smaller credit, or no credit at all, depending on their income.
To find out if you are eligible, use the IRS Eligibility Assistant.
How will I receive the credit?
Prior to July 2021, families received the credit when filing their income taxes. The American Rescue Plan changed distribution in 2021 to allow families to receive monthly payments instead of a lump sum. Eligible families receive monthly payments of $300 per child under age 6 and $250 per child ages 6 to 17.
I am not receiving monthly payments, but I am eligible. How can I sign up?
Most families didn’t have to do anything to begin receiving payments. If you filed a 2019 or 2020 tax return or signed up for Economic Impact Payments using the IRS’s Non-Filer tool last year, the IRS automatically sends monthly payments.
If you did NOT file a tax return in 2019 or 2020 and you did NOT register for Economic Impact Payments last year, you can still sign up for the Child Tax Credit payments by filing a 2020 tax return or using the non-filer sign-up tool as soon as possible.
Will signing up for the Child Tax Credit have any effect on my immigration application?
No. You can apply for and receive the tax credit with NO negative effect on any immigration application you might file. Imiigration does NOT ask about tax credits or consider them negatively in your application process.
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