You could get a total of seven checks over the next 12 months as part of the expanded(or one big check ). Under the newly revised credit, you'll get more money per child and will also receive your payment sooner. The math is complicated, with confusing and the . For example, did you know that you could get less if your for 2021 is ?
Below, you can find out how much to expect per payment with CNET's child tax credit calculator -- we'll explain what happens if your child ages out of a payment bracket. There are also rules thatof a kid should know, and additional facts for . You shouldn't need to file an if you already submitted your taxes (how to them).
More child tax credit payment details are expected after the IRS, including " ." After calculating your estimated child tax credit, keep reading for more payment details. Then, see if your and new rules to . Here's what we know about a and . This story was recently updated.
2021 Child tax credit calculator: Here's how much money you'll get
The new child tax credit raises the 2020 limits from up to $2,000 per child to a maximum of $3,600 -- but the situation gets complicated, fast. Qualified children aged 5 and under count for $3,600. Kids between 6 and 17 years old count for $3,000 maximum per child, and both 18-year-olds and full-time college students 24 and under can bring parents a $500 one-time 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.
2. What was your adjusted gross income (AGI)?
3. Number of children age 5 and under by December 31, 2021.
4. Number of children age 6 to 17 by December 31, 2021.
Note: If your AGI is equal to or less than $75,000 as a single filer, $112,500 as a head of household or $150,000 filing jointly, you'll receive the full amount. If your income is higher, your child tax credit payments will begin to phase out by $50 for every $1,000 of income over the threshold.
You can opt out of getting monthly payments
If you'd rather receive your 2021 child tax credit money as one large payment, you'll be able toonce the IRS opens an online portal to help you make that decision and input other information, like if or other circumstances changed. The IRS is expected to open its child tax credit website by July 1.
Opting out would mean that instead of receiving a $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.
What if your kid ages out of one of the payment brackets?
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.
Here's more information aboutfor you to get advance payments. Also, 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.
Child tax credit details for parents of 2021 babies
Children born in 2021 make you eligible to receive the 2021 tax credit for $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.
Important overpayment and income facts you'll want to know
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.
How your 2020 tax return could affect your child tax credit total
You need to file your 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.to get the credit . The IRS will automatically make the payments for those who have their taxes filed by the , the IRS Commissioner Charles
Additional qualifications your dependents must meet
There are some specific rules regarding qualifications not just for parents and caregivers, but for the children, too. Here's what to know about.