So I am a resident alien on a work visa. For our children we only got ITIN's after we arrived and I now understand that this is no longer enough to qualify for the Child Tax Credit.
Is my understanding correct though that if we apply and get them a SSN prior to filing then I can then claim the CTC with no issues? So I have until April15th to do this? Or I could even file for an extension if this is not long enough?
If they are eligible for SSNs, you must have the Social Security number before you file an “on time” tax return. An on time tax return is filed before April 15, or before October 15 if you get the extension before April 15.
Basically with the tax law changes, only US Citizens or Green card holders are now able to apply for a SSN for their children and therefore be eligible for the Child Tax Credit. If you have an ITIN for your child you qualify for the $500 per child credit.
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