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Child Tax Credit

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.

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 only provide or update your bank account information through this portal, but in the future, you can:

  • Make changes to your mailing address (Early August)
  • Make changes to your dependents, marital status, and income (Late summer)

If you did not have to file taxes this year or last year and you did not register for economic stimulus checks, you must sign up through the IRS Non-filer Sign-up Tool to receive these benefits. 

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 to help create your account on the IRS Non-filer Sign-up tool
  • 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.

IRS Non-Filer Sign Up Tool Page

We suggest that you use a computer to fill out this form. It is possible to fill out the form on your phone but it is not as mobile friendly.

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!