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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.

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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Child Tax Credit FAQs

Here are some answers to common questions and concerns

When will I start receiving the payments?

How much is the Child Tax Credit worth?

Will getting the Child Tax Credit reduce my benefits?

I'm used to getting my refund at tax time. Does this mean I won't receive this money at tax time?

I don't usually file taxes. What will I need to file taxes so I can get the Child Tax Credit?

What does "fully refundable" mean?

Do I have to file taxes?

Will I owe taxes on the money I receive?

Can parents who share custody of a child both get the 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.