Third Stimulus Check: When will your child tax credit check arrive? Everything we know
News of the expanded 2021 child tax credit has left manywondering when the first will arrive. The payments will start to get sent out in July, according to the , though the IRS has yet to announce an official date. Checks will arrive monthly from July through December, bringing you six payments in 2021, with the rest of the money arriving in 2022 — but you can also if you want them in one lump sum as part of next year’s tax refund.
Several things will determine whether you qualify for any money: Yourfor 2021, your situation if you have one and for the child tax credit. You can also get money for your older kids in college or if you . If anything changes between now and when the payments arrive, you’ll be able to use the IRS portal to update your information.
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Eligibility rules for the updated child tax credit, including income requirements
You may be confused about how your payments will be divided between 2021 and 2022. For each qualifying child age 5 and younger, up to $1,800 will come in six $300 monthly payments this year. For each child between the ages of 6 and 17, up to $1,500 will come as $250 monthly payments six times in 2021. For both age groups, the rest of the payment will come with your, when you claim the remainder of the tax credit in 2022. Here’s how to , including a monthly breakdown.
Qualifying dependents between ages 18 and 24 count toward a one-time $500 payment.
2021 child tax credit maximum payments
|Ages 5 and younger||Up to $3,600, with half as $300 monthly payments|
|Ages 6 to 17||Up to $3,000, with half as $250 monthly payments|
|Age 18||$500 one-time check|
|Ages 19 and 24, full-time college students||$500 one-time check|
Note that the amount you’ll get will phase out for: singles earning more than $75,000 per year, heads of household earning more than $112,500 per year and married couples earning more than $150,000 a year. Your child tax credit payments will begin to phase out by $50 for every $1,000 of income over those threshold amounts, according to Joanna Powell, managing director and certified financial planner at CBIZ.
Here’s more on the. Remember, CNET’s will help you pinpoint how much to expect each month.
Child tax credit expansion: When will the first checks get sent out?
We know the child tax credit payments will begin arriving in July, but the IRS hasn’t announced a specific date. We don’t know if the payments will be released in batches for different groups like how the, or all at once for everyone who qualifies. We also don’t know if they’ll come earlier in the month, say the first day, or later, for example, July 15.
What we do know is that the checks are on track to arrive monthly through December. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect. We’ll update this chart when we learn more about the payment delivery dates.
Timeline for the child tax credit payments
|Monthly||Payment ages 5 and younger||Payment ages 6 to 17|
|July 2021: First payment of the year||$300||$250|
|December 2021: Last payment of the year||$300||$250|
|April 2022: Second half of payment||$1,800||$1,500|
Opt out of the monthly child tax credit checks in exchange for one payment
You won’t have to receive monthly child tax credit payments this year. Instead, you can. The IRS intends to open a portal by July 1 that will let you opt out of the monthly payments. You may want to opt out if you’d rather have one large payment next year, for example, or if you’re concerned the IRS might overpay you this year and you don’t want to pay back money next year. That means you’d get a larger total in your tax refund or owe the IRS less money because the credit would be deducted from your total.
The IRS portal will open by July. Change your information there as needed
The IRS will launch an online portal by July 1, Rettig said, but the IRS won’t have the resources to build this until. Once the child tax credit portal is available, recipients can log in to update their information if their circumstances have changed. For example, if you have a child in 2021, the IRS wouldn’t have that information on file yet, so updating those details may help you get a larger tax credit payout.
How the 2021 child tax credit rules are different if your kids are older
If your older dependents are between the ages of 18 and 24 they can qualify for $500 each — but note that if your kids are between the ages of 19 and 24 they must be enrolled in college full-time.
If you have a new baby this year, do they qualify for the child tax credit?
If you, your newborn will count toward the child tax credit payment of $3,600, if you and they qualify. Children who are adopted can also qualify if they’re US citizens.
Your child tax credit money could arrive in different ways
The way your child tax credit money arrives could very well depend on, Powell told CNET. The IRS has changed this in the past, so we’ll need to hear official guidance from the agency.
For example, if you gotby , it’s quite possible your child tax credit could arrive that way, too. If you receive , it’s possible you might get your payment on a Direct Express card. might also have a different delivery method.
Paper checks andare other delivery methods used for stimulus checks. We’ll keep our ear to the ground for emerging details and will provide updates as we learn more.
Parents who share custody of a child: Only one can claim the new payments
For the first two stimulus checks, some parents whobut weren’t married to each other were entitled to each claim money for the same child. That was only if they alternated years for claiming the dependent — in other words, if one parent claimed the child on their taxes in odd years and the other claimed the child on their taxes in even years.
This is no longer allowed for the third check, and we’re told it won’t work that way for the child tax credit payments either. Here’s what we know so far about the.
Why your 2020 tax return is important
Taxpayersrelated to the new legislation and shouldn’t take any other “unnecessary steps,” the IRS said March 12. IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig said payments will be automatic for those who , the new tax deadline.
However,to get the credit, even if they don’t usually submit tax returns. This will let the IRS know how many dependents are in the household who count toward the child tax credit benefits.
What happens once the revised child tax credit payments come to an end in December?
The final advance payment of the child tax credit is scheduled to go out by Dec. 31, with the rest coming in 2022 with tax season. But President Joe Biden wants to make the higher payments last until at least 2025. He presented his American Families Plan proposal April 28 asking to extend the payments. “Together, let’s extend the Child Tax Credit at least through the end of 2025,” he said during his speech. It’s up to Congress to approve his request.
If the IRS sends too much money, do you have to send it back?
Yes. The child tax credit isn’t as flexible as the. If you receive more money than you should have, you will have to pay it back. One example of this happening is if you and the other parent of your child (who is not your spouse) are .
When you file your 2021 tax return (in 2022), if your tax situation isn’t what the IRS has in its system and you weren’t entitled to as much as you received, you’ll have to give the overpayment back. To avoid this tax inconvenience, make sure all your information is updated before the payments start arriving. The portal will open by July 1 for you to make adjustments.
The child tax credit expansion isn’t the same as the 2020 version
The first thing to know is you won’t get your child tax credit payments all at once this year. The “credit” part means the amount you owe in your 2021 taxes will be reduced by the “credit” you gain from your eligible dependents. That could either reduce your payment to the IRS for your 2021 taxes (filed in 2022) or else increase your. Normally, you’d receive that credit as a tax refund in 2022. But the plan is to bring you money sooner, which is why the checks will start coming in 2021 as “advance payments.”
This logic also explains why your 2021 child tax credit is split into two parts. The first part, in 2021, is the advance payment you can start using right away. The second part will apply to your 2021 taxes — which you file in 2022.
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