President Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package included a massive one-year increase in child tax credit. The expansion could benefit up to 83 million children and reduce the number of children living in poverty by more than 40 percent, at least temporarily.

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Half of the tax credit will be paid in monthly checks starting July 15th. The other half will be credited to taxes for the next year. The money that is left over after the taxes are covered is paid directly to the families.

What is the difference to the old child tax credit?

In short, the extended loan usually provides more money and makes it available earlier in the form of monthly payments. This is what the change looks like for some sample families.

How much do I get per child?

The maximum benefit is $ 3,600 per child under 6 and $ 3,000 per child 6-17 years of age. For more information on how much you might get, use our calculator above.

Maximum tax credit based on age

I am entitled to the child allowance. What do I have to do to get the money?

The vast majority of eligible households do not have to do anything, according to administrators. However, if your income was too low to claim taxes in 2020, or if you have a child born in 2021, the IRS creates two different portals that you can use to provide this information in order to receive your payments. These portals are not yet available.

[Child cash benefit will begin hitting millions of parents’ bank accounts July 15]

When will I get the money?

The IRS begins paying monthly on July 15th and then the 15th of each month through December 2021. If the 15th falls on a holiday or weekend, the money will be delivered on the business day closest to the 15th .

Half of the tax credit will be paid monthly between July and December 2021. The other half will be offset against the 2021 taxes and the remaining money will be paid directly to the families.

For example, a family with a 4 year old child would be eligible for a loan of $ 3,600. They would get $ 300 a month from July through December, and then $ 1,800 when they file their taxes in 2022.

How can I receive money from the child tax credit?

Most people get the money through direct deposit into their bank account. If the IRS does not have your bank deposit information, they will receive the credit as a paper check or debit card.

How do I get the benefit if my child was born in 2021 or I have taken custody of a child in 2021?

The IRS plans to set up an online portal where families can notify the IRS of children born in 2021 or changes in custody.

What if I have an adult dependent?

You will not receive a monthly payment for dependents aged 18 and over. However, if you file your income tax, you may be eligible for a tax credit of up to $ 500 per dependent adult.

My income is too low to collect taxes. Am I still entitled to the credit?

Yes. The IRS plans to set up an additional portal to help non-applicants and organizations working with the homeless to obtain credit.

Will I still get monthly payments for the next year?

From now on no. The economic stimulus package only extends the child allowance by one year. As part of the American Families Plan, President Biden has proposed extending the expansion until 2025. The Democrats hope to make the program permanent.

About this story

These numbers are estimates and individual applicants will receive different credits based on their particular tax situation. Only relatives with a social security number are eligible for the credit. Additional analysis by Erica York and Garrett Watson of the Tax Foundation.