(CBS Detroit) – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) sent the advance payments for the third cycle of the child tax credit on September 15. The time the check arrives depends on the method of payment and the individual banks. Many parents who set up direct deposit had already received the money in their accounts Wednesday morning. The rest of the families receiving their credits through direct deposit – representing around 60 million children – should have their money by the end of the day. Mailed checks could take up to a week, given the vagaries of the US postal system. Future payments will continue to be monthly until the end of the year, thanks to the US bailout adopted in March. Democratic lawmakers are looking to extend that end date to at least 2025.
Families can 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. U.S. Census figures collected in its Household Pulse Survey showed a sharp drop in food shortage and less difficulty with household spending soon after the first payment arrived in July. Almost half of the beneficiaries spent at least some of the money on food, and almost a fifth of parents with young children spent the money on childcare. The credit can also be used to purchase a new computer, which is a necessary tool for distance learning. Other households may use the money for piano lessons, car repairs, 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.
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 in the form of six monthly payments and half in the form of a tax credit for 2021. Thus, parents of a child under six receive $ 300 per month and parents of one child. ages six or older receive $ 250 per month. The IRS made a one-time payment of $ 500 for an 18-year-old dependent student or a full-time student up to 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 income tax return. (AGI is the sum of salary, interest, dividends, alimony, retirement distributions, and other sources of income minus some deductions, such as interest on student loans, alimony payments, and pension contributions.) The amount gradually decreases at a rate of 50 $ for every $ 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 that 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 ($ 250 per month), not $ 3,600 ($ 300 per month). 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 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 wears off completely – will not be eligible for the extended credit. But they can still claim the existing credit of $ 2,000 per child.
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 see their payment history and opt out of prepayments in favor of a single credit when filing their 2021 taxes. The last deadline for opting out of monthly payments has passed, but the next one is October 4.
Here are the remaining unsubscribe times:
- Payment date: October 15 / Unsubscription deadline: October 4
- Payment date: November 15 / Unsubscribe deadline: November 1
- Payment date: December 15 / Unsubscription deadline: November 29
The tool now also allows users to add or edit bank account information for direct deposit. Other portal features include updating income, marital status, and dependent information. 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 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 Child Tax Credit Non-Filer Enrollment Tool is intended to help parents of children born before 2021 who typically do not file taxes but are eligible for tax credit advance payments for children. This means that parents who have not filed their 2020 taxes, are not required to file and do not intend to file. (Parents who declared 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
The Child Tax Credit Eligibility Wizard allows parents to check if they are eligible to receive advance payments for 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.