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Child Tax Credit Calculator: Here's How Big Your First Check Will Be July 15
Child Tax Credit Calculator: Here's How Big Your First Check Will Be July 15
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CNET's child tax credit calculator will tell you the amounts you can expect.   
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The will begin arriving July 15, the IRS announced Monday -- but you don't have to wait until then to see how much money . Using CNET's child tax credit calculator, you can get an estimate now, both of your monthly payments and your total amount over 2021 and 2022. We can also give you suggestions on  when it comes. The child tax credit payments work differently than in previous years -- half of the amount will arrive in monthly payments from July through December, with the rest arriving when you file your 2021 tax return next year. If you prefer to and receive just one payment in 2022, you should be able to do so via one of two  that'll be available by July 1. If you filed your taxes filed before the was passed in March, you shouldn't need to file an .It's possible President Joe Biden will push for the payments to be extended to 2025 in his . The IRS continues to  and , but will soon be able to expand on the child tax credit payment details. The tax agency is also sending tax refunds to as many as 10 million people who received last year. While you're here, find out how you might  and how you can get up to . Here's what we know about a possible  and what is happening with . This story is updated frequently.  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
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Calculate your advance child tax credit payment amount in 2021 and 2022 
The raises the 2020 limits from up to $2,000 per child to a maximum of $3,600 -- but the math gets complicated fast. Qualified children age 5 and under count for $3,600. Kids between 6 and 17 years old count for $3,000 maximum per child; 18-year-olds and full-time college students 24 and under can bring parents a one-time $500 payment.  Enter your details below, including your , to see your payment breakdown. This calculator does not store or use your data. The results are based on our current knowledge of the law and should be treated as broad estimates only (the IRS will determine the final amount). We suggest consulting a financial professional for a more personalized estimate. Child tax credit calculator for 2021Use details from your 2019 or 2020 tax return.1. Choose your filing status below.SingleMarriedHead of Household2. What was your adjusted gross income ()?3. Number of children age 5 and under by December 31, 2021.4. Number of children age 6 to 17 by December 31, 2021.CalculateNote: If your AGI is less than or equal to $75,000 as a single filer, $112,500 as a head of household or $150,000 filing jointly, you'll receive the full amount. For incomes higher than $150,000, your child tax credit payments will begin to phase out by $50 for every $1,000 of income over the threshold. How the IRS payment schedule works 
Here's how the child tax credit payments will arrive, starting in July through 2022.  
  
Timeline for the child tax credit payments  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
Monthly  
  
  
  
  
  
Payment ages 5 and younger  
  
  
  
  
  
Payment ages 6 to 17  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
July 15, 2021: First payment of the year  
  
  
  
  
  
$300  
  
  
  
  
  
$250  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
Aug. 16, 2021  
  
  
  
  
  
$300  
  
  
  
  
  
$250  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
Sept. 15, 2021  
  
  
  
  
  
$300  
  
  
  
  
  
$250  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
Oct. 15, 2021  
  
  
  
  
  
$300  
  
  
  
  
  
$250  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
Nov. 15, 2021  
  
  
  
  
  
$300  
  
  
  
  
  
$250  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
Dec. 15, 2021: Last payment of the year  
  
  
  
  
  
$300  
  
  
  
  
  
$250  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
April 2022: Second half of payment  
  
  
  
  
  
$1,800  
  
  
  
  
  
$1,500  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
How to opt out of smaller monthly payments for one large paymentIf you'd rather get your 2021 child tax credit money as one large payment, you'll be able to once the IRS opens its online portals to help you make that decision and input other information, like if or other changed circumstances. It'll be the second, separate portal that will allow families to tell the IRS they want to receive the benefit in full at tax time at the end of the year rather than on a monthly basis.The IRS is expected to open its child tax credit website by July 1.  Opting out would mean that instead of receiving $300 per month for your 3-year-old, and the remainder of your money in 2022 for example, you can wait until you file your taxes next year to claim the full $3,600 amount. Parents with newborn babies or a newly adopted child are eligible for the larger amountChildren born in 2021 make you eligible for the 2021 tax credit of $3,600 per child (that's up to $7,200 for twins). That's on top of payments for any other qualified child dependents you claim. Here's our guide for , including what parents of adopted infants should know.If you had a new baby in 2021, you'll be able to claim up to $3,600.  
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Eligibility rules for your dependents 
There are some specific rules regarding qualifications not just for parents and caregivers, but for the children, too. Here's what to know about  for the child tax credit. You should also see if you're  if you paid for a day care, after-school program or babysitter. What to do if your kids age out of a payment bracket before the end of 2021 
If you have a 5-year-old turning 6 by the end of the year, the total payment amount you could get for that child is $3,000. If you have a 17-year-old who turns 18 before the end of the year, you would receive $500 total for that dependent instead of $3,000. If you have a dependent who is a full-time college student and turns 25 this year, you won't receive any payment for them.Your 2020 taxes determines the amount of your child tax credit payment for this year and next 
You need to file your  to get the credit . The IRS will automatically make the payments for those who have their taxes filed by the , the IRS Commissioner . So if you don't have your tax return submitted by this time, the IRS won't know to send you a payment. Also, if you plan to file a , you'll likely be able to use the IRS portal, where you can update your information in case you've gained dependents since the last tax filing. IRS overpayment: Know these important details 
Your family's eligibility is determined in large part by your . So what happens if you get a new job or start making more money in 2021? What happens if the payments have already gone out and you spent the money? The IRS has a plan for this, a child tax credit portal the agency will make so you can update your information. If you need to make an adjustment, it will lower the payment amounts you'd receive if your new income , according to Garrett Watson, a senior policy analyst at . If you wait until 2022 to update your information when you file your taxes and you continue to receive the full amount based on your lower income, you would either have to return the excess money on your 2021 tax return next spring, according to Watson, accept a smaller 2021 refund or owe more in taxes.  
  
  
  
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