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How can i file for the 2021 tax child tax credit

I don't work but I'm still eligible for the child tax credit advCTC . How can I get to file that form?
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How can i file for the 2021 tax child tax credit

Tax year 2021 is the ONLY year in which you can receive the child tax credit if you had no income from working.  You can file a 2021 tax return to claim your dependent(s)  children who were under the age of 18 at the end of 2021.   The refundable CTC will show up on line 28 of your Form 1040.


For 2022 the rules for the CTC reverted to the "old" rules, so you cannot get the CTC for a child older than 16 on a 2022 return, nor can you get the refundable additional child tax credit for 2022 if you did not earn income by working.


Online preparation and e-filing for 2019 and 2020 and 2021 is permanently closed.

To file a return for a prior tax year

 If you need to prepare a return for 2019, 2020 or 2021 you can purchase and download desktop software to do it, then print, sign,  and mail the return(s)


You may also want to explore purchasing the software from various retailers such as Amazon, Costco, Best Buy, Walmart, Sam’s, etc.


Remember to prepare your state return as well—if you live in a state that has a state income tax.




When you mail a tax return, you need to attach any documents showing tax withheld, such as your W-2’s or any 1099’s.  Use a mailing service that will track it, such as UPS or certified mail so you will know the IRS/state received the return.

Federal and state returns must be in separate envelopes and they are mailed to different addresses.  Read the mailing instructions that print with your tax return carefully so you mail them to the right addresses.


Note:  The desktop software you need to prepare the prior year return must be installed/downloaded to a full PC or Mac.  It cannot be used on a mobile device.









Here is the IRS 2021 Form 1040

or if you want bigger type use 1040SR for Seniors,


And 2021 Instructions

2021 Tax and EIC Tables

Sch 1 : https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-prior/f1040s1--2021.pdf
Sch 2 : https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-prior/f1040s2--2021.pdf
Sch 3 : https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-prior/f1040s3--2021.pdf


**Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to offer the most correct information possible. The poster disclaims any legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information that is contained in this post.**

How can i file for the 2021 tax child tax credit

To complete and file a 2021 tax return using TurboTax you would need to purchase, download and install on a personal computer one of the 2021 desktop editions from this website - https://turbotax.intuit.com/personal-taxes/past-years-products/


A 2021 tax return can only be printed and mailed, it cannot be e-filed using TurboTax.

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