In anticipation of the first advance child tax credit payment on July 15, the IRS is sending out letters to 36 million families with important details on eligibility and payment amounts. Families could qualify for a total of up to $3,600 per child over the span of several months () if they filed their 2019 or 2020 federal income tax return or if they used an equivalent tool for to .
Before the start of next month, the IRS will open. Parents will be able to choose if they want to defer receiving half the total through monthly checks, which would mean in 2022 for the full amount instead. The portals will also allow families to update their personal details like income or number of dependents — which are essential for receiving the right amount for the credit — and will also let them check the status of payments.
We’ll explain what to door if you , and we have some suggested ways to . You might also want to know how to and how you will be . For other money matters, here’s what to do if your hasn’t arrived. We update this story regularly.
What is the payment schedule for the enhanced child tax credit?
The first child tax credit check will arrive July 15 and is automatic for those households that qualify. The first six payments totaling half the credit will arrive monthly, targeting the same day of the month — though you may not receive the payment on the exact same day every month, especially if you get a paper check instead of a direct deposit payment.
For Aug. 15, which is a Sunday, the IRS said the payment will go out Aug. 13. The checks will end in December, with the remainder of the credit coming next year after taxes. Here’s a rough schedule:
Timeline for the child tax credit payments
|Monthly||Maximum payment per child 5 and younger||Maximum payment per child; 6 to 17|
|July 15: First 2021 check||$300||$250|
|Dec. 15: Last 2021 check||$300||$250|
|April 2022: Second half of payment||$1,800||$1,500|
What if you didn’t file your last tax return?
Payments will be automatic for those who filed their 2020 tax returns by the May 17 deadline, soto get their money, even if they’re not usually required to file. This will let the IRS know your income and how many dependents are in your household who count toward the child tax credit benefits. Those taxpayers who did meet the deadline related to the new legislation.
If you don’t file a tax return, you may not get the full monthly child tax credit payment you’re owed, at least not right away. The IRS said you will be able to update your income and dependent status so the agency is using your most recent info when calculating payments. One of the upcoming IRS portals will be designed for people .
When will the online child tax credit portals be accessible?
Theby July 1. One portal is for people , which will allow nonfilers to provide their information to receive payments. The second portal will allow families to update their information if their circumstances have changed, for example, if a new child arrives in 2021 who isn’t reflected on your 2020 tax return.
The portals can also allow families toif they prefer to receive one big payout when they file taxes in 2022.
What about age qualifications and limits for dependents?
How the payments will be divided between 2021 and 2022 might be confusing. For each qualifying child age 5 and younger, up to $1,800 (half the total) will come in six $300 monthly payments this year. For each kid between the ages of 6 and 17, up to $1,500 will come as $250 monthly payments six times this year. For both age groups, the rest of the payment will come with yourwhen you claim the remainder of the tax credit in 2022. Here’s how to , including a monthly breakdown.
If your dependents are 18 years old, they can qualify for $500 each. Dependents between the ages of 19 and 24 may qualify as well, but they must be enrolled in college full-time. Here’s more on the.
2021 child tax credit maximum payments
|Ages 5 and younger||Up to $3,600, with half as $300 advance monthly payments|
|Ages 6 to 17||Up to $3,000, with half as $250 advance monthly payments|
|Age 18||$500 one-time check|
|Ages 19 and 24, full-time college students||$500 one-time check|
How is the 2021 child tax credit different from the prior year?
The first thing to know is you won’t get your child tax credit payments all at once in 2021. The credit part means the amount you owe on your 2021 taxes (which you file in 2022) will be reduced by the “credit” you gain from your eligible dependents. That could either reduce the amount you owe the IRS or else increase your. The idea is to bring you money sooner, which is why the checks will start coming in 2021 as “advance payments.”
This logic also explains why your 2021 child tax credit is split into two parts. The first half in 2021 will come as advance monthly installments you can start using right away. The second half will apply to your 2021 taxes next year.
What if you have a new baby or adopt a child this year?
If you, your newborn will count toward the child tax credit payment of $3,600. Children who are adopted can also qualify if they’re US citizens.
What about parents who share custody?
For the first two stimulus checks, some parents whobut weren’t married to each other were entitled to each claim money for the same child. That was only if they alternated years for claiming the dependent — in other words, if one parent claimed the child on their taxes in odd years and the other claimed the child on their taxes in even years.
This is no longer allowed for the third check, and we’re told it won’t work that way for the child tax credit payments either. Here’s what we know so far about the.
Can you defer the advance monthly payments and get one payout instead?
You aren’t obligated to receive monthly child tax credit payments this year. Instead, you can(the upcoming IRS portals will allow you to do so). You may want to opt out if you’d rather have one large payment for a projected expense next year, or if you’re concerned the IRS might overpay you this year and you don’t want to be saddled later with an outstanding debt.
What are the income thresholds for the child tax credit?
Income limits do determine how much you will receive and if you even qualify, though there is no limit on the number of children you can receive credit for as long as you’re eligible. The amount you’ll get will phase out for: singles earning more than $75,000 per year, heads of household earning more than $112,500 per year and married couples earning more than $150,000 a year. Your child tax credit payments will begin to phase out by $50 for every $1,000 of income over those threshold amounts, according to Joanna Powell, managing director and certified financial planner at CBIZ.
Will the child tax credit payments come by mail or direct deposit?
The way your child tax credit money arrives could very well depend on. Most people will receive child tax payments by direct deposit, but the IRS will also send paper checks and funds on debit cards.
For stimulus checks, people who receivedgot $1,400 payments on a Direct Express card. might also have a different delivery method. We’ll update this when we have more information about the kind of debit cards you may receive.
What if the IRS sends a higher amount than you qualify for?
You will have to return any overpaid amount to the IRS. The child tax credit rules aren’t as flexible as the. When you file your 2021 tax return (in 2022), if your tax situation isn’t what the IRS has in its system and you weren’t entitled to as much as you received, you’ll have to give the overpayment back. One example of this happening is if you and the other parent of your child (who is not your spouse) are .
To avoid this tax inconvenience, make sure all your information is updated before the payments start arriving. The future portal will allow you to make adjustments.
What comes after the final payment in 2021?
The last advance payment of the child tax credit is scheduled to go out by Dec. 31, with the rest coming in 2022 with tax season. But President Joe Biden stated that the higher payments may last until at least 2025. He presented his American Families Plan proposal to extend the payments, stating in an April 28 speech: “Together, let’s extend the Child Tax Credit at least through the end of 2025.” It’s up to Congress to approve his request.
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