for the child tax credit can expect their first payment to arrive next week. Eligible households will get up to $250 or $300 per child, depending on income and the dependent’s age. To help you prepare, the IRS has several new resources, including a online and another tool to manage your advance payments. One of the tools will let you .
Do note that if your income doesn’t meet the tax-filing requirements and you never filed a 2019 or 2020 return, you might have to move fast to either file your taxes or use the. Parents who are concerned that the IRS might pay too much in advance credits this year, which would result in a possible (but hopefully uncommon) scenario of owing back money to the tax agency in 2022, can read about what the .
You can start planning ahead with another useful tool:, which gives you a total payment estimate based on the number and ages of your kids. We’ve also compiled some information on and how to claim up to . This story has been updated recently.
When are all the child tax credit payments scheduled for?
The first thing to know is you won’t get your child tax credit payments all at once in 2021. Unless you tell the IRS you want, you’ll get six checks in 2021 and one in 2022. The second thing to know is that half of your total child tax credit payment will come this year, with the other half as part of your tax refund in 2022.
So in other words, your largest single payment arrives next year. Until then, you get six smaller payments this year to start using right away. The idea is to bring you money sooner, which is why the checks will start coming in 2021 as “advance payments.”
Child tax credit payment schedule
|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 does it mean to unenroll from the monthly payments this year?
You aren’t obligated to receive the advance monthly child tax credit payments this year. Instead, you can, and the new Child Tax Credit Update Portal will allow you to do so. You may want to unenroll if you’d rather have one large payment for a projected expense in 2022, or if you’re concerned the IRS might overpay you this year and you don’t want to be saddled with an outstanding debt later. However, if you haven’t unenrolled yet, the deadline to do so was June 28, so you’ll still get the July 15 payment. You can still opt out of the August through December payments.
What are the child tax credit portals designed to do?
In June, the IRS opened Child Tax Credit Eligibility Assistant tool helps families quickly determine whether they qualify.. The first portal is for people an income tax return, including low-income families. And the
The latest Child Tax Credit Update Portal currently allows families to view their eligibility, manage their payments and unenroll from the advance monthly payments. It also now lets parents update their direct deposit information. In coming months, it will allow families to update other information if their circumstances have changed: for example, if a new child has arrived or will arrive in 2021 who isn’t reflected on a 2020 tax return.
How are the payment amounts determined for each child?
How the child tax credit 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.
The IRS bases your child’s eligibility on their age on Dec. 31, 2021, so a 5-year-old child turning 6 in 2021 will qualify for a maximum of $250 per month. For both age groups, the rest of the payment will come with yourwhen you claim the remainder of the credit in 2022.
If you have a dependent who is 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|
Will babies born before the end of December qualify?
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. You’ll be able to update the IRS on a new dependent when that aspect of the Update Portal is made available.
What happens if a check doesn’t come on the scheduled day?
One thing to keep in mind is that the IRS is targeting the payment dates (see above). If you have direct deposit set up with the IRS, you might see a pending payment before the actual closing date. That means you might not be able to access the money right away, but that it’s in process.
It could take longer for your payment to arrive if you’re receiving the check by mail, or in the form of an EIP card. If enough time has passed and you’re concerned there may be a problem, you can use theto correct information. You’ll also want to make sure you .
What if the IRS sends too much money in the monthly check?
Since the IRS uses your 2019 or 2020 tax return, your family may not qualify for the child tax credit payment when you file your 2021 tax return in 2022. In this case, you may have to. The child tax credit rules aren’t as flexible as the regarding overpayment. One example of when this would happen is if you and the other parent of your child (who is not your spouse) were .
To avoid this tax inconvenience, make sure all your information is updated before the payments start arriving. The new Update Portal will let you make adjustments in the coming months to verify your new income and marital status.
What should families that don’t usually file taxes do to make sure they get paid?
Payments will be automatic for those who filed their 2020 tax returns by the May 17 deadline (or those who claimed all their dependents on a 2019 tax return). But what if that’s not you? Parents who didn’t file taxes should use the new IRS tool, called the “Non-filer Sign-up tool,” to get their money, even if you’re not usually required to file. This will let the IRS know your income level and how many dependents are in your household who count toward the child tax credit benefits.
You could also file a tax return to get the full monthly child tax credit payment you’re owed. The IRS is offering information about free tax days in major cities to outreach to families who still need to file a 2020 return.
What are the qualifying income limits for the expanded credit?
Income limits 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. Single filers 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 will not be eligible for the full amount. 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.
Can parents who share custody of a child get the checks?
For the first two stimulus checks, some parents who shared custody of a child but 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.