If you qualify for the, you may know by now you can look for that to arrive July 15 from the IRS. How much you should expect to receive, however, can be really confusing and depends on how many of your and their ages along with our income. Fortunately, CNET’s child tax credit calculator can do the math for you and tell you how much you can look for each month — along with your total payment.
The IRS is also rolling outby July 1 that will let you update the tax agency on changes to your income and number of dependents and if you want to if you want to receive one payment in 2022.
Congress has not decided whether to extend enhanced child tax credit payments into 2025, although President Joe Biden has proposed the extension. As a parent, you should know about getting. Here’s what we know about a possible and what is happening with . We continue to update this story frequently.
How do you calculate your child tax credit payment?
The expanded child tax credits Congress approved in March boosts the 2020 credit from a max of $2,000 per child to $3,600 — but the math gets complicated fast. Children age 5 and under who meet the requirements count for $3,600. Kids between 6 and 17 years old who are eligible count for $3,000 maximum per child; 18-year-olds and full-time college students 24 and under can qualify one-time $500 payment.
To calculate your payment, enter your details below, including your. 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.
What is the IRS payment schedule for 2021 and 2022?
Here’s how the child tax credit payments will arrive, starting July 15 through 2022, The chart shows the maximum payment size, but you may qualify for less.
No, that Aug. 16 date is not a mistake. The 15th falls on a Sunday that month.
For an 18-year-old, as well as for full-time college students aged 19 to 24, you will receive one payment when you file your tax return in 2022.
Timeline for the child tax credit payments
|Monthly||Payment ages 5 and younger||Payment ages 6 to 17||Payment ages 18 to 24|
|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||$500|
How do you out of the monthly enhanced child tax credit payments?
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.
Do new parents qualify for the bigger payment 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.
What determines the eligibility for each of your kids?
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 if a child ages out of a bracket before the end of 2021?
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.
How 2020 tax returns determine the amount of your child tax credit payment?
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.
How to handle IRS overpayment if it happens?
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.