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Centre Daily Times - The IRS will begin sending money to the majority of families with children starting July 15. Here’s what you should know.
HOW IS THE 2021 CHILD TAX CREDIT DIFFERENT FROM PREVIOUS YEARS?
Advance payments. Half the credit will be paid in advance as monthly payments on the 15th of every month from July-December 2021, with maximum monthly payments of $250/month for qualifying children ages 6-17 and $300/month for qualifying children under the age of 6.
More $$$. The 2021 Child Tax Credit’s maximum amount is $3,000 per qualifying child for children ages 6-17, and $3,600 per qualifying child for children under the age of 6.
No minimum income requirement. You can have zero income and still claim the CTC.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE 2021 CHILD TAX CREDIT?
A parent or guardian must have a Social Security number or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number.
No minimum income requirement to claim the 2021 CTC. The credit will begin to phase out at $75,000 annual income for single filers, $112,500 for heads of households, and $150,000 for married filers. Each $1,000 of income above the phase-out level will reduce your CTC by $50.
In order to be a “qualifying child” your child must meet five requirements:
WHYY - Families eligible for the 2021 child tax credits, but who do not need to file taxes, have a new way of enrolling in the federal stimulus program.
The IRS has launched an online portal to sign up for the credits, which will start hitting bank accounts in mid-July.
Advocates had been pushing for a simplified process to make sure people who do not file taxes, for example because they rely on disability payments or earn too little income, can still access the program when eligible.
“What this does is it brings people into the tax system in a less stressful, more streamlined way,” said Kristen Dama, managing attorney with Philadelphia-based Community Legal Services.