Child Tax Credit

The Child Tax Credit, part of the American Rescue Plan, is here to help families raising children make ends meet. Experts estimate the new Child Tax Credit has the potential to cut child poverty in half.

How it Works

✓ All working families will get the full credit if they make up to $150,000 for a couple or $112,500 for a family with a single parent (also called head of household).

✓ The Child Tax Credit has been expanded to $3,000 per child 6-17 years old and $3,600 per child under 6.

✓ Roughly 39 million households – covering 65 million children (nearly 90% of children in the United States) – will automatically receive the new child tax credit.

✓ Starting on July 15th and through the rest of the calendar year, payments will be monthly (via direct deposit for 80% of families and through the mail for the others) – at $250 per child between 6-17 or $300 per child under 6.

✓ The IRS has launched a simplified online tool that will allow families not automatically enrolled in the program to receive the Child Tax Credit – more information at

To hear why the Child Tax Credit is so important, click here or on the image below.

Hyperlinked image of Rep. Casten speaking at a press conference on the Child Tax Credit.

If you are experiencing difficulty with your Child Tax Credit, please consult the resources below for further information.

IRS Guides:

IRS Advance Child Tax Credit Payments in 2021 Spanish │ Chinese-Simplified │ Chinese-Traditional │ Korean | Russian │ Vietnamese | Haitian Creole

IRS Questions and Answers About the Advance Child Tax Credit Payments |Spanish

IRS 2021 Child Tax Credit and Advance Child Tax Credit Payments: Resources and Guidance |Spanish

IRS Check if you may be eligible for the advance child tax credit payments |Spanish

IRS Child Tax Credit Update Portal

IRS Child Tax Credit Non-filer Sign-up Tool | Spanish


Taxpayer Advocate Service Guides:

TAS’s 2021 Child Tax Credit & Advance Payment Option Get Help page

TAS’s News and Information page


Further Publications:

IRS Publication 5534, 2021 Advance Child Tax Credit Payments  English │ Spanish │ Chinese-Simplified │ Chinese-Traditional

IRS Publication 5534-A, 2021 Advance Child Tax Credit Payments Start July 15  English │ Spanish │ Chinese-Simplified │ Chinese-Traditional │ Korean | Haitian Creole │Russian | Vietnamese

Publication 5537, IRS Toolkit for Partners: Advance Payments of the 2021 Child Tax Credit (PDF)

IRS Publication 5538, A Step-by-Step Guide to Using the Non-filer Sign-up Tool for Child Tax Credit & Economic Impact Payments  English | Spanish | Chinese-Simplified │ Korean |  Russian │ Vietnamese | Haitian Creole