You may already know iffor the , but have you checked to see how much you’ll get? You could be getting up to $300 a month for each child. You can check how much money you’ll get between 2021 and 2022 with CNET’s child tax credit calculator below. It can give you an estimate for both your monthly payments and the total amount you qualify for.
Nine out of 10 President Joe Biden said Tuesday. Starting in July, you’ll get half of your payments on a monthly basis until December, with the rest arriving with your tax refund in 2022. Using that’ll be available by July 1, you’ll be able to update the IRS on changes to your income and number of dependents, plus . If you filed your taxes before the was passed in March, you shouldn’t need to file an . (Here’s what we know about how you’ll .)for this tax cut,
Biden said in April he will push for the enhanced child credit payments to be extended into 2025 in one of his. The IRS is now focusing on child tax credit details as it continues to and . The tax agency is also sending tax refunds to as many as 10 million people who received last year. While you’re here, find out how you might and how you can get up to . Here’s what we know about a possible and what is happening with . This story is updated frequently.
Calculate your child tax credit payment amount for this year and next
The expanded child tax credit raises the 2020 limits from up to $2,000 per child to a maximum of $3,600 — but the math gets complicated fast. Qualified children age 5 and under count for $3,600. Kids between 6 and 17 years old count for $3,000 maximum per child; 18-year-olds and full-time college students 24 and under can bring parents a one-time $500 payment.
Enter your details below, including your, to see your payment breakdown. This calculator does not store or use your data. The results are based on our current knowledge of the law and should be treated as broad estimates only (the IRS will determine the final amount). We suggest consulting a financial professional for a more personalized estimate.
Child tax credit calculator for 2021
Use details from your 2019 or 2020 tax return.
1. Choose your filing status below.
Note: If your AGI is less than or equal to $75,000 as a single filer, $112,500 as a head of household or $150,000 filing jointly, you’ll receive the full amount. For incomes higher than $150,000, your child tax credit payments will begin to phase out by $50 for every $1,000 of income over the threshold.
How the IRS payment schedule will look each month and next year
Here’s how the child tax credit payments will arrive, starting July 15 through 2022.
Timeline for the child tax credit payments
|Monthly||Payment ages 5 and younger||Payment ages 6 to 17|
|July 15, 2021: First payment of the year||$300||$250|
|Aug. 16, 2021||$300||$250|
|Sept. 15, 2021||$300||$250|
|Oct. 15, 2021||$300||$250|
|Nov. 15, 2021||$300||$250|
|Dec. 15, 2021: Last payment of the year||$300||$250|
|April 2022: Second half of payment||$1,800||$1,500|
How to opt out of child tax credit advance checks
If you’d rather get your 2021 child tax credit money as one large payment, you’ll be able toonce the to help you make that decision and input other information, like if or other changed circumstances. It’ll be the second, separate portal that will allow families to tell the IRS they want to receive the benefit in full at tax time at the end of the year rather than on a monthly basis.
The IRS is expected to open its child tax credit website by July 1.
Opting out would mean that instead of receiving $300 per month for your 3-year-old, and the remainder of your money in 2022 for example, you can wait until you file your taxes next year to claim the full $3,600 amount.
Parents who have new babies or a newly adopted child qualify for the bigger check amount
Children born in 2021 make you eligible for the 2021 tax credit of $3,600 per child (that’s up to $7,200 for twins). That’s on top of payments for any other qualified child dependents you claim. Here’s our guide for, including what parents of adopted infants should know.
Dependents need to meet these eligibility requirements
There are some specific rules regarding qualifications not just for parents and caregivers, but for the children, too. Here’s what to know aboutfor the child tax credit. You should also see if you’re if you paid for a day care, after-school program or babysitter.
What happens if your dependent ages out of a payment bracket before the end of the year?
If you have a 5-year-old turning 6 by the end of the year, the total payment amount you could get for that child is $3,000. If you have a 17-year-old who turns 18 before the end of the year, you would receive $500 total for that dependent instead of $3,000. If you have a dependent who is a full-time college student and turns 25 this year, you won’t receive any payment for them.
Your 2020 taxes determine your child tax credit payment amount for this year and next
You need to file yourto get the credit . The IRS will automatically make the payments for those who have their taxes filed by the , the IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig said. So if you don’t have your tax return submitted by this time, the IRS won’t know to send you a payment. Also, if you plan to file a , you’ll likely be able to use the IRS portal, where you can update your information in case you’ve gained dependents since the last tax filing.
IRS overpayment information: Read up on these details
Your family’s eligibility is determined in large part by your. So what happens if you get a new job or start making more money in 2021? What happens if the payments have already gone out and you spent the money?
The IRS has a plan for this, a child tax credit portal the agency will make available by July 1 so you can update your information. If you need to make an adjustment, it will lower the payment amounts you’d receive if your new income, according to Garrett Watson, a senior policy analyst at Tax Foundation.
If you wait until 2022 to update your information when you file your taxes and you continue to receive the full amount based on your lower income, you would either have to return the excess money on your 2021 tax return next spring, according to Watson, accept a smaller 2021 refund or owe more in taxes.