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Child Tax Credit

Thanks to the critical support provided by the American Rescue Plan, starting on July 15, roughly 39 million households, covering 88% of children in the United States, will begin receiving monthly payments to help cover child care costs. 

Parents and guardians of approximately 65 million eligible children will receive monthly payments through direct deposit, paper check, or debit cards. The government is committed to ensuring a fast and secure delivery of these payments. 

As we continue to recover from this pandemic it’s imperative that our country builds back better, and quickly provides the support each and every American needs to recover and return to normal. Please continue reading to learn more about Child Tax Credit payments, you can also obtain additional information from the IRS at this link or by reaching out to my office.

Dependent Requirements: 

For dependents below the age of 6, the most you can claim is $3,600 per child as long as you meet the income requirements (listed below). That’s $1,600 more than the $2,000 that parents were able to claim on their 2020 tax returns. Please note that this includes newborns, even if they’re born in 2021. 

For dependents that are age 6 or older, you can qualify for up to $3,000 per child over the next year when meeting the income requirements. Originally, parents could claim up to $2,000 for each dependent age 16 and younger. Please note you can also claim $500 for an 18-year-old and a full time college student ages 19 to 24. 

Income Requirements: 

If your adjusted gross income is $75,000 or less, single taxpayer parents can qualify for the full child tax credit amount listed above. After $75,000 the amount begins phasing out until $240,000 for single filers. 

If you’re married and filing jointly with your spouse, your adjusted gross income must be $150,000 or less to qualify for the full amount, this will phase out up to couples making $440,000. 

If you are the head of a household and make $112,500 or less, you will qualify for the full child tax credit amount. This begins to phase out for incomes higher as well, completely phasing out at $240,000. 

Please note: the Child Tax Credit phases by $50 for every $1,000 of income over the threshold amounts for all filers.  

Non Filer Requirements: 

If you don’t normally file taxes, please file a return to qualify for the 2021 child tax credit. Since payments are automatic for those who file their 2020 tax returns by May 17, the IRS won’t know to send you a payment. 

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