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Child Tax Credit: Your Questions Answered

The American Rescue Plan provides up to $300 per month per child under age 6, and up to $250 per month per child ages 6 to 17, through an expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC).

How much will my family get?

Most families with children 17 and under are eligible. The amount depends on number of children and your family’s income. You can find out more here.

How do I apply?

  • You DO NOT need to apply if you filed U.S. taxes in 2019 or 2020. If you are eligible, you will automatically get payments.
  • You DO NOT need to apply if you applied for a U.S. stimulus check. If you are eligible, you will automatically get payments.
  • You DO need to apply if you did not file U.S. taxes or apply for a stimulus check. You can apply here.

When do I start getting payments?

The first payment begins July 15, 2021.

Will the tax credit change other Federal benefits, like TANF or WIC?

No. The Child Tax Credit will not affect other Federal benefits.

How long will the program continue?

Eligible families will automatically receive monthly payments through December 2021. The remainder of your credit will be paid to you when you file your 2021 taxes.

Ask Congress to make the Child Tax Credit permanent!

Right now, your Members of Congress need to hear from you. Ask your Members of Congress to Think Babies and Act and to make the Child Tax Credit permanent.

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Additional Resources

For Parents: Questions and Answers

  • Get CTC: The basics, in English and Spanish. A good place to start.

  • MomsRising: User-friendly answers to tricky questions about immigration status, shared custody, and more.

  • The White House: The official website, with reliable information in English and Spanish.

For Organizations: Outreach Resources

More: Resources on the Child Tax Credit