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Child Tax Credit

The Child Tax Credit: What You Need to Know

In 2021, the expanded Child Tax Credit was worth $3,000 per child ages 6-17 and $3,600 per child under 6. While that version of the Child Tax Credit expired after one year, Congress is considering a bill that would increase the tax credit amount and expand eligibility over the 2023, 2024, and 2025 tax years.

In the meantime, you can still benefit from existing tax programs designed to help families. Single parents making up to $200,000 annually and married couples making up to $400,000 annually can receive as much as $1,600 per child from the Child Tax Credit, depending on income level.

If you have children under 18 who live with you more than half of the year, you are likely eligible even if you do not usually file taxes or have low/no earnings.

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Child Tax Credit FAQs

Here are some answers to common questions and concerns

Will getting the Child Tax Credit reduce my benefits?

What will I need to file taxes so I can get the Child Tax Credit?

Will I owe taxes on the money I receive?

Can parents who share custody of a child both get the Child Tax Credit?

How can parents without a social security number get an ITIN so they can claim the Child Tax Credit?

Are DACA recipients eligible for the expanded Child Tax Credit?

About this page

This resource was created by Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan to help ensure that all Michiganders can access the child tax credit benefits they are eligible for.