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.
For Parents: Questions and Answers
MomsRising: User-friendly answers to tricky questions about immigration status, shared custody, and more.
For Organizations: Outreach Resources
- How to Fill Out the IRS Non-Filer Form
- How to Use the IRS Child Tax Credit Update Portal
- 2021 Stimulus Checks and Tax Credits Outreach Resources
- Concrete Support at the Federal Level: What You Need to Know about the American Rescue Plan’s CTC
- IRS 2021 Child Tax Credit and Advance Child Tax Credit Payments: Resources and Guidance
More: Resources on the Child Tax Credit
- ZERO TO THREE: Child Tax Credit Expansion Is a Win for Babies’ Early Development
- CNBC: Parents anxiously await the start of monthly child tax credit payments
- The Atlantic: A Simple Approach to Ending Extreme Poverty
- UnidosUS: Hispanic Children and the Child Tax Credit
- Tax Policy Center: Keeping the Monthly Child Tax Credit Coming, Limiting Risk of Overpayments
- Procedurally Taxing: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 (3-part blog)