CHILD TAX CREDIT The Child Tax Credit: What You Need to Know The new Child Tax Credit is worth $3,000 per year, per child ages 6-17 and $3,600 per year, per child under 6 years old. It will be paid out in regular payments, not once a year. If you have children under 18, you may be eligible even if you do not usually file taxes or have low/no earnings. See if you're eligible
You Are Eligible If:
You are single and your income is under $75,000. Or, if you are single and file taxes as a head of household, your income must be under $112,500.
You have a spouse and your combined income is under $150,000.
Your child has a Social Security Number. You can file with an ITIN, but your child must have a SSN.
If household income is above those thresholds, you will receive slightly smaller payments, depending on income.
To Get the Expanded Child Tax Credit
File your taxes, even if you don't file them normally. This will tell the IRS where to send your payment and how many children you have.
If you need help filing your taxes for free, visit the United Way's website or call their hotline: 866-698-9435. Their online tax filing program will walk you step-by-step through filing your taxes.
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