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How does the child tax credit work?

For children under the age of six, the maximum credit is $3,600, and for those aged six to seventeen, the maximum credit is $3,000.

Half of the credit will be granted in six monthly installments as an advance on 2021 taxes. Families receiving the full benefit will get $300 per month for children under the age of six and $250 for those aged six to seventeen.

There is no limit to the number of children per household that can claim the credit.

(Note: you don’t have to pay taxes on the CTC funds, because CTC payments aren’t considered income)

Who is actually eligible for the CTC?

The majority of candidates are eligible for a monetary award.

Married couples with children who file jointly and have adjusted gross income of less than $150,000, or $75,000 for individuals, are eligible for the full credit. The credit is phased out for higher-income taxpayers, and it is completely eliminated for individuals making $95,000 and married couples filing jointly earning $170,000.

Families’ income less than $200,000 per year, or $400,000 for married couples, will still be eligible for the normal child tax credit, which is $2,000 per kid under the age of 17 for families making less than $200,000 per year.

When will I actually receive the money?

The IRS will release your funds on July 15th, but will you receive your funds on that date? No. It will most likely take two or three days to reach you.

Why?

Part of the reason for the delay is the time it takes for banks to process and settle cash. so that the money may be delivered to individual accounts.

What if I don’t have a bank account?

People for whom the IRS does not have bank account information will get paper checks from the IRS. It might take one to two weeks for the paper cheques to arrive.

What are the dates on which the IRS will release the funds?

Following the initial payment on July 15, households can receive payments on the following dates:

  • July 15
  • August 13
  • September 15
  • October 15
  • November 15
  • December 15

According to the IRS.

Will I need to report the CTC payments on my taxes?

Yes, since when parents submit their tax returns for 2021, they will be able to claim the other half of the increased CTC payments.

In early 2022, the IRS will issue a letter to each family detailing the amount of CTC received. That letter should be kept for your records.

Can I opt out?

Yes, the Child Tax Benefit Update site allows you to opt out of receiving monthly payments for the credit. Those who do so will not get the monthly payments, but they will receive the entire credit when they submit their taxes in 2021.

Although it is too late to opt out of the first monthly payment, families can still instruct the IRS not to send the funds in the future.

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