The American Rescue Plan expanded the Child Tax Credit program to help you support your children through the pandemic. Read below to learn more about eligibility and how you can receive your cash payments.
To be eligible, children must:
Most families will get $250 - $300 a month per child from July through December 2021. Families will get the remaining $1,500 - $1,800 per child when they file their 2021 taxes in Spring 2022. The Child Tax Credit will NOT affect your Medicaid, SNAP/Food Stamps, TANF Cash Assistance, SSI or other public benefits.
To get the credit, you must file your taxes and claim your children, even if you do not have earnings or usually file.
You do not need to have any earnings to get the credit. Families qualify for a full credit if their income is below $75,000 for single filers, $112,000 for people filing as head of household, or $150,000 for people who are married and filing jointly.
Hit the button below to file on MyFreeTaxes.com - a free filing tool provided by the IRS and United Way. For help filing, view our MyFreeTaxes how-to video below, or call the helpline at 866-698-9435.