What is the Additional Child Tax Credit?

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What is the Additional Child Tax Credit?

The Additional Child Tax Credit isn't a credit you get for additional children; rather, it's the leftover portion of the Child Tax Credit (up to $1,400) that you're eligible to receive if the Child Tax Credit wipes out your tax liability for the year.

For example, let's say you qualify for the full $2,000 Child Tax Credit but your tax liability for the year is only $750. You'd get $750 back from the Child Tax Credit (the amount needed to reduce your tax liability to $0) and the remaining $1,250 as the Additional Child Tax Credit.

Qualifications for the Additional Child Tax Credit are the same as for the Child Tax Credit, with one more condition: your earned income must be at least $2,500.

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