Advance Child Tax Credit

To help families during COVID, the U.S. government made changes to the Child Tax Credit (CTC). Families can get half of the fully refundable credit—worth up to $3,600 per child—as monthly payments in 2021 and the other half as a refund in 2022. Child Tax Credit payments began July 15, 2021.

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Next Steps

To get payments, you need to file a tax return even if you do not owe money. You are eligible for payments even if you are incarcerated or experiencing homelessness. The fastest way to get payment is by direct deposit to a bank account.

Next steps:

  • You filed a 2019 or 2020 tax return or used the IRS Non-Filer Tool. → No action needed.
  • You are required to file a return but did not file a 2019 or 2020 tax return. → File your taxes using NYC Free Tax Prep. See below.
  • You are not required to file a return because your AGI is under $12,400 (individual filer); $18,650 (heads of households); or $24,800 (joint filers) → Use the IRS Child Tax Credit Non-filer Sign-up Tool at irs.gov

We are here to support you. Here's how:

Free tax preparation
An IRS certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)/Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) volunteer preparer with NYC Free Tax Prep can guide you on how to get your payments. Services are available year-round. For more information, visit nyc.gov/taxprep

Free financial counseling
An NYC Financial Empowerment Center counselor can help you set up a bank account and update your records with the IRS to make sure you get accurate payments. Financial counseling is available in person and by phone. Book an appointment at nyc.gov/TalkMoney