Child Tax Credit

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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?  

Most families received half of the credit amount through monthly payments in 2021. The other half should be claimed when filing your 2021 income tax return.

I did not receive monthly payments, but I am eligible for the Child Tax Credit. How will receive payment?  

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, you should have automatically received monthly payments from the IRS starting in July, 2021.  

If you did NOT file a tax return in 2019 or 2020 and you did NOT register for Economic Impact Payments last year, eligible families can still receive the Child Tax Credit payment by filing a 2021 tax return.  

I’m not required to file taxes. How can I receive payment?

Some families are not required to file taxes because their income is low or because they receive income from benefits, such as disability. To receive Child Tax Credit payments, you can use the “non-filer tool” by November 2022. CLICK HERE to complete in English and CLICK HERE to complete in Spanish.

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. Immigration does NOT ask about tax credits or consider them negatively in your application process.  

Need more information? 

Call 2-1-1 or 1-888-892-1162 to speak with an NC 211 call specialist.

Last updated 7/7/2022

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