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mara90
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My son turned 18 January 5th. Why can't I get child tax credit if he was 17 the whole year of 2016?

 
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xmasbaby0
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My son turned 18 January 5th. Why can't I get child tax credit if he was 17 the whole year of 2016?

The child tax credit can only reduce your tax liability down to zero.  It is not a refund.  If you have no tax due, then you may not receive the full amount of the $1000 Child Tax Credit

If your child turned 17 at any time during 2016, then you will not receive the child tax credit.  You can still claim the child as a dependent.

If you are claiming the Child Tax Credit for a child who was born in 2016, make sure you said in Personal Info that the child lived with you all year and that you entered the child’s SSN.

**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.**

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xmasbaby0
Level 15

My son turned 18 January 5th. Why can't I get child tax credit if he was 17 the whole year of 2016?

The child tax credit can only reduce your tax liability down to zero.  It is not a refund.  If you have no tax due, then you may not receive the full amount of the $1000 Child Tax Credit

If your child turned 17 at any time during 2016, then you will not receive the child tax credit.  You can still claim the child as a dependent.

If you are claiming the Child Tax Credit for a child who was born in 2016, make sure you said in Personal Info that the child lived with you all year and that you entered the child’s SSN.

**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.**

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erriort
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My son turned 18 January 5th. Why can't I get child tax credit if he was 17 the whole year of 2016?

I asked the same question. I was wondering why my refund was $1,000 less than last year when my pay was almost the same. And it was because my daughter turned 17 that year and when a child turns 17 they NO LONGER QUALIFY for the Child Tax Credit. Even if they are not working. I thought it was 18 but I was wrong. 

VolvoGirl
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My son turned 18 January 5th. Why can't I get child tax credit if he was 17 the whole year of 2016?

Because the year they were born you got the Child Tax Credit for the whole year, not just from date of birth.  So it evens out.
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