There's a lot of buzz around the advance child tax credit checks and who qualifies. Most families are trying to understand what therules mean for them. Parents of babies born in 2021 may qualify for the extra money, too. Newborn expenses can rack up quickly, so the money can be a big relief for the new expenses of a child. Not to forget the extra costs and stresses from the pandemic. In previous years, parents claimed their children on tax returns and received a $2,000 child tax credit as part of their refund. But things are different this year: The child tax credit check is now up to $3,600 for under age 6 and $3,000 for kids between ages 6 and 17.
The other big change is when the payments will arrive. This year, the IRS is sending advance monthly partial payments to(unless you to receive one lump sum). The requirements can be confusing -- especially for those with new babies born this year (and even more so for parents expecting babies in 2022). But for now, parents of 2021 babies just have to complete one extra step to start getting those advance child tax credit payments.
We'll break down how to take the next step, eligibility requirements and how to use the. Read on to understand how the portals work and how you'll use them to claim the credit for newborns and any new dependents who weren't listed on your 2020 return. Plus, here's how to claim an additional and what we know about a that may be coming. This story has been updated.
How can parents of 2021 babies claim child tax credit payments?
If your dependents weren't reported to the IRS by this month (or haven't even been born yet), you have two options for receiving subsequent payments. First, you could always wait until you file your return next spring and, just like how the former version of the credit worked. But if you'd like to receive monthly payments before next year's tax season rolls around, there's another option.
Child Tax Credit Update Portal will allow taxpayers to report any change in status (dependents, income) throughout the year. These families will be able to use the portal in the coming months to make sure their information is correct, including adding any 2021 babies as qualified dependents.for special cases like this one. The
Because payment eligibility is based on your child's age on Dec. 31, monthly checks will not be prorated. All children (who meet all other qualifications) born on or before Dec. 31, 2021, will receive the full $3,600 tax credit. And parents of twins can get up to $7,200. The only variation will be in the timing of each check. Let's walk through a few examples:
- Babies and children born before 2021: You don't have to do anything to receive child tax credit payments ( ).
- Babies born between Jan. 1-July 31, 2021: If the child was reported to the IRS before the first check was sent in July, checks will follow the usual timeline shown in the chart below. However, the IRS won't include an option to add new dependents in the portal until late summer or early fall.
- Babies born between July 1-Nov. 30, 2021: If some payments have already gone out by the time you're able to register or update your information, you'll receive all subsequent monthly payments, with the remainder coming with your tax return next spring.
- Babies born in December 2021: After the last check is sent, you will no longer need to use the web portals. Instead, you'll receive the full $3,600 amount when you file taxes in 2022 and claim your new dependent there.
- Babies born in 2022 and beyond: Unless the expanded child tax credit is extended, parents of 2022 babies will not be receiving monthly checks or the full 2021 amount of $3,600. That means a baby born on Dec. 31 is eligible, while a baby born Jan. 1, 2022 is not. This is how the child tax credit has worked in the past as well.
How much do new parents qualify for?
The new child tax credit for 2021 newborns will be capped at $3,600 per eligible child, going down from there as your income goes up. The IRS uses differentphaseout limits (when your income is too high to qualify for the full amount of the credit) for single filers, heads of household and married couples filing jointly. for determining your specific payment eligibility, which you should definitely try out, especially if you also have older children (kids 6 and up qualify for less), or don't hold US citizenship.
When will the next child tax credit payment be sent?
Unlike stimulus checks, the expanded child tax credit will be paid out in two distinct phases. Half your, which started on July 15 and will continue on the 15th of every month through December (except in August, when checks arrive on the 13th). The other half will be paid out on your 2021 tax return when you file in 2022. The next payment will be disbursed on Aug. 13.
Anyone who qualifies and filed a 2020 return by this year's May 17 tax deadline will begin receiving monthly checks automatically -- no need to file, claim, request or otherwise hunt down your money, as long as the IRS knows how many dependents you have.
Child tax credit payment schedule
|Monthly||Maximum payment per child 5 and younger||Maximum payment per child; 6 to 17|
|Jul 15: First 2021 check||$300||$250|
|Dec 15: Last 2021 check||$300||$250|
|Apr 2022: Second half of payment||$1,800||$1,500|
If you haven't yet opted out of advance monthly payments, you should have received the first payment on or after July 15. New parents can still opt out before Aug. 2 in order to avoid more monthly payments. If you opt out now, you'll receive the child tax credit money in one lump sum with next year's tax return. New parents can use the Update Portal to check eligibility and unenroll.
What are the child tax credit eligibility requirements for new parents?
You and your child must be US citizens and your child needs a Social Security number. And another: Your child's age group is based on their age on Dec. 31, 2021, so anyone aging into the next payment bracket at any point in 2021 will be considered a part of that group for the entirety of the year. (Got a 5-year-old turning 6 this year? Unfortunately, you may be out about $600.) You can check to see if you qualify using the Eligibility Assistant tool. Then use the Child Tax Credit Update Portal to see if you're already enrolled and update your banking information by Aug. 2 for the next check on Aug. 13.
We'll keep this story updated as new information emerges about the expanded child tax credit. Still have unanswered questions? Here's what to know about, answers to , how your child tax credit payments and a .