(CBS Philadelphia) – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) sent advances for the updated child tax credit on July 15. According to the White House, the first round totals $ 15 billion and reach households with 60 million children. By noon Thursday, the money was already showing up in people’s bank accounts through direct deposit. The process will continue today and possibly early next week, depending on individual banks. The arrival of mailed checks may take a little longer, given the vagaries of the US postal system. Future payments will be made monthly until the end of the year, thanks to the US bailout adopted in March.
Families are allowed to use the child tax credit money as they see fit. This means that the extra $ 250 or $ 300 per child can be spent on essentials like food or rent. It can also be used to purchase a new computer, which the pandemic has learned is needed for distance learning. Other households may use the money for piano lessons, daycare, or even diapers. Either way, knowing that the extra income will be there every month allows for a measure of security and flexibility in a world full of surprises.
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How much should your check be?
The IRS pays a total of $ 3,600 per child to parents of children under the age of five. This drops to $ 3,000 for every child between the ages of six and 17. Half of the total is paid as six monthly payments and half as a tax credit for 2021. The IRS made a one-time payment of $ 500 for dependents aged 18 or on-time students. full until the age of 24.
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The updated child tax credit is based on the parents’ modified adjusted gross income (AGI) as reflected in their 2020 tax return. (AGI is the sum of wages, interest, dividends, alimony, retirement distributions, and other sources of income less some deductions, such as student loan interest, alimony payments, and pension contributions.) gradually at a rate of $ 50 per $ 1,000 of annual income over $ 75,000 for an individual and over $ 150,000 for a married couple. The benefit is fully refundable, which means it is independent of the recipient’s current tax burden. Eligible families receive the full amount, regardless of what they owe in taxes. There is no limit to the number of dependents that can be claimed.
For example, suppose a married couple has a three-year-old and a seven-year-old and has a joint annual income of $ 120,000 on their 2020 taxes. The IRS sends them $ 550 per month. That’s $ 300 per month ($ 3,600 / 12) for the youngest child and $ 250 per month ($ 3,000 / 12) for the older child. These payments will last until December. The couple would then receive the balance of $ 3,300 – $ 1,800 ($ 300 X 6) for the youngest child and $ 1,500 ($ 250 X 6) for the older child – as part of their repayment of 2021 tax.
Parents of a child outside an age bracket receive the lower amount. This means that if a five-year-old turns six in 2021, parents will receive a total credit of $ 3,000 for the year, not $ 3,600. Likewise, if a 17-year-old turns 18 in 2021, parents receive $ 500, not $ 3,000.
An increase in income in 2021 to an amount above the threshold of $ 75,000 ($ 150,000) could reduce a household’s child tax credit. The IRS has confirmed that it will soon allow applicants to adjust their income and custody information online, reducing their payments. Failure to do so could increase his tax bill or reduce his tax refund after the 2021 taxes are filed.
Eligibility requires that the dependent be part of the household for at least half of the year and be at least half supported by the taxpayer. A taxpayer who earns more than $ 95,000 ($ 170,000) – when the credit disappears entirely – not be eligible for extended credit. But they can still claim the existing credit of $ 2,000 per child.
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Eligible families should have received a letter of qualification in the first half of June. He said, in part, “If you are eligible for advance payments from the CTC and want to receive those payments, you don’t have to do anything.” You will receive a letter with more details. This second letter estimating the amount should have arrived earlier this week.
How do you make changes for future payments?
The IRS has three different tools to help grantees and potential grantees update their information in their records, register, and verify eligibility.
Child Tax Credit Update Portal
the Child Tax Credit Update Portal allows users to ensure they are registered to receive advance payments. It also allows beneficiaries to unsubscribe from down payments in favor of a one-off credit when filing their 2021 taxes. The next deadline is August 2nd. (Subsequent withdrawal deadlines for future payments will be three days before the first Thursday of the month a person withdraws.)
Here are the remaining unsubscribe times:
- Payment date: August 13 / Unsubscription deadline: August 2
- Payment date: September 15 / Unsubscription deadline: August 30
- Payment date: October 15 / Unsubscribe deadline: October 4
- Payment date: November 15 / Unsubscribe deadline: November 1
- Payment date: December 15 / Unsubscribe deadline: November 29
The tool also allows users to add or edit bank account information for direct deposit. Other upcoming features on the portal include viewing payment history and updating dependents. To access this portal, users need an IRS username or ID.me account. ID.me is a login service used by various government agencies, including the IRS, Social Security Administration, and the Department of the Treasury, to authenticate users. Users need a valid photo ID to create an account.
Registration tool for non-filers for the child tax credit
the Registration tool for non-filers for the child tax credit is to help parents of children born before 2021 who generally do not file taxes but are eligible for advance payments of the child tax credit. This means that parents who have not filed their 2020 taxes, are not required to file and do not intend to file. (Parents who reported their dependents on their 2019 tax return should not use this tool.)
Users enter their personal information, including name, mailing address, email address, date of birth, relevant social security numbers, bank account information, and identity protection PIN. The IRS uses the information to verify eligibility and, once confirmed, will begin making payments. The IRS and experts advise using the tool on a desktop or laptop computer rather than a mobile device.
Child Tax Credit Eligibility Assistant
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the Child Tax Credit Eligibility Assistant allows parents to verify if they are eligible to receive advance payments of the Child Tax Credit. Users will need a copy of their 2020 tax return or, failing that, their 2019 tax return. It is also good to estimate the income and expenses for the appropriate tax year, although the result may not be exact. The assistant asks several questions to determine eligibility, but does not ask for sensitive information. No entry is saved.