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Lumpdogg1
Returning Member

Unemployed

Will I get child tax credit if I was unemployed all year?

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xmasbaby0
Level 15

Unemployed

No, you will not get the child tax credit if you did not work and earn income.  The child tax credit is based upon having income earned from working, and so is the earned income credit.

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Hal_Al
Level 15

Unemployed

The money you hear about people getting for just filing a tax return claiming kids requires them to  have some earned income (wages or self employment). Without earned income, they are not eligible for the "refundable" Earned Income Credit or Additional Child Tax Credit.  Both credits are calculated on the amount of earned income you have. No earned income means no "refund". A small amount of earned income means a small refund. The child tax credit does not "kick in" unless you have at least $2500 of earned income.

 

A child can be the “qualifying child” dependent of any close relative in the household. If you live with someone else, e.g. your parents, it may be better if they claim your child.

Instead, you could allow the non-custodial parent to claim the children.  Non-custodial parents are allowed to claim the child tax credit, but not the Earned income credit.

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