Nearly all families will automatically receive a monthly payment of up to $300 per child!
Through the expanded Child Tax Credit, eligible families can receive up to $3,600 a year for each child under the age of 6 and up to $3,000 a year for each child aged 6-17. That means $300 per month for each child under the age of 6 and $250 per month for each child aged 6-17. Monthly payments began going out on July 15th. If you already received your first payment, no further action is required. Many eligible families still need to take action to receive the CTC. Check your eligibility, get support receiving your CTC payments, or learn more below.
Sign up to check if you’re eligible to receive the Child Tax Credit!
Who is Eligible
These people are eligible for the full Child Tax Credit:
- Married couples with income under $150,000
- Families with a single parent (also called Head of Household) with income under $112,500
- Everyone else with income under $75,000
After these thresholds, for every $1,000 of income over, the credit will be reduced by $50.
To confirm your eligibility for the Child Tax Credit, you can use the CTC Eligibility Assistant from the IRS.
How to Sign-Up
If you filed taxes for 2019 or 2020 or received any of the economic stimulus checks and your family or financial information has not changed, you do not need to take further action to receive this benefit. You will automatically begin receiving monthly CTC payments starting July 15th.
If any of your information has changed since then (including bank account, mailing address, family status or income) you can update this information through the IRS Update Portal.
Currently, you can:
- Provide or update your bank account information
- Update your mailing address
In the future, you will be able to make changes to your dependents, marital status, and income through this portal. (early fall)
If you did not have to file taxes for 2019 or 2020 due to your income and you did not register for economic stimulus checks, you must sign up to receive these benefits. Code for America created a non-filer sign up tool you can use that files a simplified tax return directly with the IRS to claim your Child Tax Credit. You can find more information at ChildTaxCredit.gov and access the tool below.
To sign up you will need:
- Name, exactly as it appears on your Social Security card
- A Social Security number or other taxpayer identification number issued by the IRS for you and any dependents you will claim
- An email address or phone number to help create your account
- A mailing address where you can receive the payment
If you want to receive your payment via direct deposit, you’ll need banking information – the routing and account numbers.
This tool is mobile friendly, available in both English and Spanish, and chat assistance is available at any point in the process. You can also text CTC to (202) 918-4867 to reach the USOW team and receive CTC answers straight to your phone!
Frequently Asked Questions
Have additional questions about what the Child Tax Credit means for you or how to ensure you receive it? Check out our FAQ guide to the CTC.
Join the Campaign
We can’t do this work without your support. Individuals across the country will play a key role in ensuring all communities have access to the Child Tax Credit. Share our posts on social media, donate to our work below, or sign-up to volunteer with the campaign throughout the summer.
If you are an organization doing direct service on the Child Tax Credit, please email us to discuss how we can partner on these vital efforts and support your work!