Additional Child Tax Credit Resources
- For general questions about the CTC, read our FAQ
- If you’re looking for more detailed information, the IRS has published several in-depth FAQs on various aspects of the CTC, including:
- If you want to sign up for the CTC, you can use this simple tool that is available in English and Spanish. (This tool will not be available after November 15, 2021)
- If you want to help others sign up for the CTC using the simple sign-up tool, this page has several resources to help you get started.
- If you want outreach materials to help you spread the word to families in your community, you can find them here
- After November 15, you will likely have to file a 2022 tax return to receive any CTC payments for which you are eligible. Beginning in January, you may qualify to use this simplified tax-filing tool to file your taxes and claim your CTC.
- If you need to check your eligibility for advance payments, get information about your monthly payment amounts, opt-out of advance payments, or update the information the IRS has about your family because your income or family structure has changed, you should use the IRS’s official CTC Update Portal.
- This guide explains how to use the CTC Update Portal step-by-step.
- This document from the IRS also explains how to use the CTC Update Portal in great detail.
- If you don’t have a bank account or are experiencing homelessness, you can still get the CTC.
- The CTC is already substantially reducing child poverty and is projected to cut poverty substantially if the program is made permanent.
- The first round of CTC payments in July 2021 kept 3 million children out of poverty, the second round of payments in August kept 3.5 million children out of poverty, and the third round of CTC payments in September kept 3.4 million children out of poverty.
- The Census Bureau found that the CTC reduced economic hardship for kids as soon as monthly payments began in July.
- Researchers found that the CTC reduced food insecurity among children.
- The anti-poverty programs included American Rescue Plan, led by the CTC, are predicted to cut child poverty nearly in half in 2021.
- If the CTC is made permanent, it would substantially reduce child poverty nationwide.
- The CTC is also projected to have a strong positive effect on the U.S. economy.
- The expanded CTC is projected to inject nearly $20 billion per month into local economies.
- Every dollar spent on the expanded CTC generates eight dollars of economic benefit for the country.
- The expanded CTC has not led to a statistically significant reduction in employment.
- CDF is fighting for a permanent, inclusive, and robust child allowance. Read our letter from earlier this year to learn more about our priorities. In addition to making the expanded CTC permanent, Congress must:
- Expand eligibility to the more than 300,000 children who are currently excluded because they live with distant relatives or family friends or move frequently between households.
- Restore eligibility for the more than 1 million children without Social Security Numbers who were prohibited from accessing the CTC by the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
- Make your voice heard: Tell your Member of Congress to make the CTC permanent and make these other crucial improvements to the program.
Child Tax Credit: Frequently Asked Questions
Looking for more information? We have outlined everything you need to know about the Child Tax Credit expansion and what it means for your family.
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